After reading, google-ing and reading some more, I decided to set up my room a little differently this year. I wanted to create an inviting environment that fosters independence, creativity, curiosity and exploration, all through play. After much moving and reorganizing, here is what my kindergarten classroom looks like so far:
Here is the first impression you get when you walk in our classroom door.
Another look from the door, this time looking in and to the left. Our sensory table still needs to be filled!
This is what you see standing in the door and looking towards the door.
Our carpet time and gathering area.
Here is our dramatic play area, setup with a “kitchen” to start the year off.
This is going to be our “art centre”. I made the bench this summer with drawers to hold some of our bigger art materials like paper rolls, egg cartons, etc.
This small carpet area is for our building and construction centre. Beside it, is our shelf of “tub toys” that we use to start each day aa well as our blue and green bins for returned library books.
Here is a look at another play area carpet and soon-to-be science area. In this picture you can also see the blue egg-chair for children who need a moment to calm down right beside our computer station (we got new computers and they have not been set-up yet).
Please leave me a comment letting me know what you think so far. Do you have any other ideas you use to create a welcoming classroom environment?