I was hired in August, just a few weeks prior to school starting. Painting and new flooring was being done right up to Labor Day weekend. Our school year starts the day after Labor Day, so I was a little anxious about how everything was going to fall in to place. Finally, I went in to survival mode and focused on what really mattered, getting ready for the children. We use Mother Goose Time Curriculum, so Julie and I prepared the first week, labeled lockers, etc. We wanted the children to feel that we were expecting them.
It was exciting to have a blank slate to work with. My assistant was extremely flexible and open to change, which alleviated a lot of stress. However, she has worked at this school for over 8 years and I wanted to be very respectful of her space and opinions.
Whenever I prepare an environment I take the following into consideration:
- The view from the child’s level
- Traffic flow
- Supervision issues: line of sight
- The type of play that will occur in the area
- My personal philosophy of early childhood education
It took me several months before I came up with a plan that truly worked for the children. I have since created a floor plan as everything will get stored in June. My drawing skills lack much and the items are not to scale, yet I know you’ll still get the point.
Stay tuned for more photos as we work and live in our classroom throughout the year. I promise you the walls weren’t bare for long!
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