Friday, September 19, 2014

Ready to Go

The strike is over and school will be in session this coming Monday.
I’ve done a few changes again this year.  As you enter the room it
looks the same except I’ve changed the snack table from the round
one to a long rectangle.
Next to it is still a table for play trays but much smaller one.  Also
beside it is a shelf with more toddler appropriate toys.
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And that leads to the opposite corner which is still our art area but
modified.  It has a smaller table and I took away the big, bulky shelf
against the wall.  I added a different shelf to hold supplies and work
as an area divider.
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The new shelf holds all our paper including for the easel which is to the
left of this shelf.
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A smaller shelf sits between the art table and the play tray table.  I like
that it is shorter so the space feels more open and not hidden away.  It
holds a lot of collage materials that I’ve stored in plastic see thru bottles. 
They all have lids so toddlers and crawlers can still explore but not spill
or put in their mouths.
The next space is our imaginative space with lots of loose parts.  You
can also see the corner of the overhead projector at the end of the shelf. 
I missed not having it available all the time last year.  Toddlers love it. 
On one of the shelves are more of those plastic, see thru bottles with
items for the projector.
The changes in the block/car and truck area is not in the set up but
what is available.
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The blocks are more prominent with added material to enhance the play,
like see thru glass blocks, large spools, etc.  Also I removed over half of
the plastic cars and trucks that we have and included more wooden toys.
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Right beside it is a big open space with more building materials.
In the far corner is the house and dress up area with a small table for play
dough just on the outside of the area.  Close and can be moved into the
area to be used for food.
Situated in the same spot as last year is our story area.  It also includes
toys for babies to play on the carpet.
In the centre of the room is our round table which will be used for
provocations, cooking, puzzles and dramatic play.
Between the round table and the story area is a short shelf holding puzzles.
That takes us back to the entrance.  I’m excited to see how it all works
once the families are into play next week.