Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Holidays

School is now out for me and I'll be closed for two months.
The last few days I've been very busy sorting, cleaning and organizing the rooms.

As you can see the rooms are pretty well cleared (so the custodians can wash and wax the floors).  This is done every June and I dread it until it's almost done.  Then I start getting excited about how the room will look in the fall.  What changes will be made?  Should centres be moved around for better flow or more communication and interaction between the children, their grown ups or the families?  What ideas will the children and their families bring? 

A colleague of mine was showing me her pile of summer reading and one book caught my eye, Inspiring Spaces for Young Children.  It is a beautiful book full of colourful photos that is truly inspiring.  There is a page on Facebook called Inspired by Inspiring Designs and I'm hoping that it will prove to be as good as the book.

Another book that I picked up is called Young Investigators The Project Approach in the Early Years, by Judy Harris Helm and Lilian Katz.  I'm looking forward to taking sometime off before digging into the book later in August.

I'm off blogging for the next two months but will be back in September when school reopens.


  1. Maureen, I just read Inspiring Spaces for Young Children. I was ok, but I liked Designs for Living and Learning; Transforming Early Childhood Environments by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter better. If you haven't read it, I would highly recommend it. Happy Vacation.

  2. HI Tom - yes I have read Curtis and Carters books - they are amazing with a lot of information. I enjoyed the format of Inspiring Spaces, beautiful photos.

  3. Hi Maureen ... Lucky you being on summer holidays!

    I am writing to let you know you are one of the 'winners' of our Pay-It-Forward blogging game. If you could please email through a postal address we will post a parcel off to you from lovely Melbourne Australia.
    Thanks for being a part of it Maureen.

    Donna :) :)

  4. I found your blog very inspiring therefore I decided to leave you an award on my blog:

    Thank you for sharing your great ideas with us

  5. Thank you very much.
    I'm grateful that you enjoyed the blog and hope you'll keep checking back once schools starts again.

  6. Hi Maureen, Love your wonderful ideas. In one of your posts you had a photo of some children playing with what looked like plastic grass mats (one was tall bushy grass, one looked like astro turf perhaps and another was brown). They looked like interlocking "tiles" of some sort. Would you mind sharing where you got them from. Thanks so much!
    Ontario, Canada

  7. Hi Sandy
    They are square plastic mats that look like they should connect but I haven't figured out how. It works well to keep them separate, easier for the kids to rearrange.
    I've found them in green and brown and in different heights of grass. Also some come with flowers.
    They are showing up in more and more dollar stores. I got mine from a store in Richmond, BC called Daiso. But I know Dollarama here has them now too.
    Hope this helps.

  8. Thanks so much -- I'm on a mission today. I thought they looked like something an RV dealer might sell for people to set up outside their trailers. If I don't have any luck with the dollar store I'll have to find other means as I really want those for my kinders. Thanks again!