Classroom Configuration: Muscles For Days

After I felt my room was presentable enough to take pictures, here I am finally getting around to showing you my classroom set up for this school year. It was nice not to have to move rooms (since I have for the last three years) and it took WAY less time to set up than normally.

Here is what I like:
– neutral tones so the students’ art work will be the focus (woooooooo Reggio inspired!)
– not too many hidden corners so I can keep an eye on what’s going on (I’m about as tall as a kindergarten student, so I had barely any height advantage here people.)
– a clean carpet to start off the year (thanks to my fabulous coworker for bringing her Bissel in and doing it for me!)
– as many non plastic containers as possible (again, fist pump to Reggio inspired.)
– areas that can be easily changed for different purposes (table can be for art one day, flipped on its side for block exploration the next day, and turned back up again for play dough the next day)
– a small teacher dedicated space (if you can’t fit it in one small space, just throw it out. You won’t miss it. I promise.)
– lamps lamps lamps everywhere (fluorescent lights aren’t good for anyone.)
– area rugs to define spaces within the room.



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah Adams (@MissAsKinder)
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 13:45:18

    I really like the use of lamps and natural lighting in your classroom. I feel that it would allow the children to feel calm instead of revved up. Do you feel that it affects your students’ behavior? Thanks for the tour! Your room is lovely!


    • mrssilkycactus
      Sep 02, 2013 @ 14:30:22

      Thanks Sarah! Yes, it definitely affects my students’ behaviour. The lamps as lighting allow the children to feel exactly how you said – calmer. It’s soothing and not over stimulating. Fluorescent lights give ME a headache so I can imagine it would have a similar affect on children as well. Most adults that come in to the room say it’s jut like a spa!


  2. Sarah S.
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 18:42:03

    Looks great! I agree that those fluorescent lights are horrible! I have them in my classroom too. We use as much natural light as possible, and usually have at least one bank of lights off, while having the shades open!


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