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This post is really not the kind of thing I usually blog about (there is nothing here about sewing or gardening or recipes from 1892) but I was SO excited about this project I just had to share.
For the past two days I have had the pleasure of setting up my school’s new preschool classroom. The preschool won’t open until September but had to be ready for inspection tomorrow! I wish I had before shots to show you because you wouldn’t believe the transformation that happened in just two months – there used to be a huge brick fireplace in this room!
Although I am not going to be the preschool teacher I was chosen for this particular job because I used to be the head teacher and administrator of a large preschool. It was only four years ago that I left that job but in some ways it feels like it has been forever since I was teaching those little ones.
Setting up the room brought back a lot of fond memories of reading books about Clifford and Blue, singing “shake your sillies out” with guitar in hand, creating crazy creatures out of mountains of play dough and the joys of watching those little ones grow almost right before your eyes. Those were good days.
And good days will be had in this new classroom as well. The pictures really don’t do it justice (flourescent lighting and my camera really don’t get along). Every time I walk into the room I just want to stay there and relax and play!
Walking into the room. To your left there will soon be a water table AND a sand table. We bought some really swanky sand and water toys too – I really want to try out the water pumps, they look like fun!
Cosy Corner – I’d like to curl up with one of those cute pillows, wouldn’t you?
Block centre. That large shelf on the left will soon be filled with wooden blocks of all shapes and sizes.
More dramatic play. The baskets on the shelves are full of dishes and food, and the large blue bin is full of dress-up clothes. I must admit that I couldn’t resist chopping up a few velcro “vegetables” as I put them into the basket. Why didn’t they have those when I was a kid?
One end of the meeting area. There is a white board, chalk board and magnetic board. On the other side is the most deluxe teacher’s chart stand I have ever seen (it took 3 hours to put together!) I am sorry I didn’t get a picture of that, it was a sight to behold. (If you’re not a teacher you probably don’t understand the excitement, but when you spend all day trying to flip chart paper over without the holes ripping and organizing pocket charts and white boards over and under the chart paper, while your big books are toppling to the floor, and your class is rolling on their back laughing as if it were a comedy act, a chart stand that makes all of this easier is a beautiful thing!)
Storage for Lego and all sorts of math and science fun. There is a lot of storage in this room! I love it!
A cosy little meeting area.
There is one photo I did not get to take. The back of all the drawing surfaces in the main meeting area are shelving units. This is where puzzles and table activities are stored. There are also a whole bunch of cute little tables with cute little chairs and over in the corner a listening centre.
I am in love with this room. It almost makes me want to teach preschool again. Almost. Because I love what I am teaching now too. (Despite the lack of velcro veggies…)
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
We will now return to our regularly scheduled programming….