The most important things to setting up a pre-school room is to establish your name as a teacher, the calendar for portraying the day, date and month. You can even include the weather and season if you wish. Below is only a top tips guideline as each school is different.
Firstly put up a set of rules, like no running in class, put your hand up, only one at a time in the toilet etc.
A good structure is very important, so I would start with a letter and word of the week. Have a list for the day, then the kids know what to expect. Also introduce a theme for the week and write it on the board every day.
Ensure you have coat and bag hooks in place and shelves that can serve as each child’s own area. You will need a cool area for lunch packs and water. Make sure their name is on their water bottle.
Activity supplies should include paints, colouring crayons, books, dressing up clothes, dot to dots, and puzzles.
Fine motor skills
A math and science area is essential to any pre school classroom. The science side could include a bug space, for caterpillars and worms etc and the math side should include number blocks. Science can also include the weather and the maths side can include some simple math puzzles. Keep the children busy with mazes and dot to dots, they will also love doing shape puzzles. Anything that stimulates the brain will keep those fine motor skills oiled.
I generally give mine a structure of paperwork in the morning like colouring, dot to dots etc. Then after first break I give them some animation, like simple learning songs or a film, then the last hour they are allowed to the computer room for games.
I try to stick to a theme on a weekly basis so they know everything we do will be associated with that. This is done well in advance and I keep a file of everything we do for the following year. For example I did town and country last week with my 4 to 5’s that included parks, the zoo, houses, farms, animals, cinema, shopping, and schools. They love animals and there are also lots of learning animation on the internet if you have interactive white boards.
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