I have yet to meet an ECE educator that boasts about an unlimited or even large budget. Instead, we take our lumps and stretch our minuscule budget the best we can. The first part of the year was spent getting used to my new environment. I observed how the children used the space and materials. Changes were made accordingly. I have always felt that a well set-up ECE environment can prevent a multitude of behavior problems.
After trying a number of ways to liven up our window seat I finally decided to purchase valances and decorative pillows. The window seat is the first thing you see upon entering our classroom. It has adorable window graphics on the street side, however inside it was a cream-colored blank canvas.
If you look beyond my amazing assistant Mrs. Thon, the children and Ms. E., you will see we hung stars for our Nursery Rhyme theme. The stars dangling from the window were decorated by the children. As much as I like to decorate with children’s art work, it still didn’t provide the look I was searching for.
A very busy carpet and paper Christmas Tree occupied the space at Christmas time. I have conducted a social experiment to see if the children were calmer upon entering this space, and my unofficial results are yes, they are calmer in general.
Our room really doesn’t have a yellow hue, however I couldn’t figure out how to color-correct the photo. The Daily Writing Display has been relocated to the right of the window. Their little legs and feet ended up crinkling the paper.
Valance Rod from Big Lots: $19.00 donated by my family
Valances: Better Homes and Garden brand from Walmart: $14.34 X 4 = $57.36
Bicycle Pillow from Walmart: $12.44
Orange Faux Suede Pillows from Walmart: $7.88 X 4 = $31.52
Total Project: $101.32
We developed rules about the use of the window seat.
- You may bring a book from the library and enjoy while snuggling up to a pillow.
- The pillows stay on the window seat.
- If a friend wants to join you, please move your legs.
- 3 friends on the window seat at one time.
We are pretty happy with our new point of view. It has provided a much-needed boost during this drab winter that keeps lingering on.
Here, the children are searching for the letter F in our library books.
I would love to see some of your decorating ideas. Please share!
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