Here are some pictures of our classroom setup from last year! While our room is not yet set up for this year, and it will likely look different, this gives you an idea of the different parts of our classroom.
Whole Group Area/Carpet
This is where the students participate in whole group activities such as Morning Meeting, listening to stories, and other lessons. Students also use the SMART Board and document camera in this area. The carpet is open during all center blocks to give your child opportunities to work with other students to practice various skills. A favorite activity in this area is usually doing large floor puzzles with friends!
Students will learn to love books in this center! There will always be a variety of books on different topics to choose from, as well as poems and big books. This will become a favorite center for many children!
In addition to listening to the teacher read stories on the carpet, children are able to use the Listening Center to listen to stories. They will also play listening games with their friends! Later in the year, iPods will be added to the Listening Center to give students more choice over which story they listen to!
Students have a variety of resources and materials available as they explore and develop early writing skills. Students are able to use these materials in various areas of the classroom to complete different writing practice activities. Students also practice their writing and drawing skills during our daily Writer's Workshop time.
Students will use the light tablet for various learning activities throughout the year. It will be used for structured academic activities (retelling stories, practicing Math skills, etc) as well as open ended activities that allow students to use their imagination.
In this center, your child works with other students to build many different things! During the year, different building materials such as blocks, Legos, Lincoln Logs, and other materials are used.
Dramatic Play Center
The students to come to this center and pretend play with other students! While it is often set up as a kitchen area, it will have different themes and materials during the year. Through their pretend play, students develop lifelong skills such as citizenship traits (taking turns, sharing, etc) and oral language skills.
This area is open during many parts of the day. Your child will do a variety of center activities, including playing games, working with the teacher, and much more!
Students have access to a variety of different items to practice Math skills such as counting, shapes, and patterns.
Students are able to explore colors, textures, magnets, and other tools in this area.
Creative Art Studio
Your child will learn to cut, glue, and use other fine motor skills to create a variety of projects. Some activities will be teacher-directed, but your child will also get to make many free choice art activities.
Your child may need to take a break to calm down during the day. This is a safe place where children can recover from being upset or angry, and then they may rejoin class activities.
We have an aquarium in our classroom with several fish!