This is a great time to get your classroom(s) in order or simply makeover the environment. In fact, I believe that children learn best in an organized environment. I relate child’s play to shopping; when I go shopping on the weekends, I love to shop in an organized store.
If the store is not organized, I start to feel overwhelmed and most of the time, I leave the store. This is how a child feels when he or she is playing in a disorganized environment.
Have you ever watched a child wander throughout the classroom? Normally wandering children are looking for something to do or their minds are so over stimulated from too many choices, that they have a hard time making a choice.
This is why it is vital that your classroom space is organized in a manner that makes it easy for children to choose materials.
Moreover, I believe that the classroom is a great marketing tool. In fact, if the classroom space is organized and is educational, it will increase your chance of a parent choosing your childcare program.
Here are Eight Ways to Makeover and/or organize your classroom space :
1. Label Toy containers with words and pictures
2. Be sure that play areas are labeled with center signs (for a clearly defined space)
3. Use area rugs to define play areas
4. Require that children pick-up toys as they play. This prevents the classroom from looking like a tornado came through it.
5. At the end of the day, re-organize centers, so that when children return the next day, they will see what an organized environment looks like.
6. Be sure that everything has a place and remove clutter. (Too many toys, will overwhelm the children)
7. Have a system to rotate materials every other week; to prevent the children from getting bored. You really only need 6-8 basket of toys on one shelf. If it looks cluttered to you, it will be overwhelming to a child.
8. Arrange books on the book shelf in a manner where you can see the front of the book and throw away damaged books. This really entices a child to choose a book from the shelf.
I challenge you to get started today, because children learn best in an organized environment! Feel free to share your thoughts and organization ideas. Check out this article: Get Organized! Preparing Your classroom for Learning.
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