Take a look inside my kindergarten classroom and see how I have set it up for student success. View the different areas of the room, and get ideas for your own classroom.
I love my kindergarten classroom. Of course, there are some things that I would change- it would be nice to have a bigger space, and the whiteboards could be lower. My teaching partner and I worked hard to make it an inviting and comfortable place for students to learn.
Here is a quick look at all the different spaces that are set up for student success. You will see that there are many different options for my students- they can stand, sit, and move freely around the classroom throughout the day. This is important to me- not all students learn the same way and they need to be able to what is best for them.
There are 5 flower tables that I use for centers. I set up different centers on each table and students self-regulate and visit the centers that they choose. Usually, we do literacy centers in the morning and math centers in the afternoon.
I run my writing small groups at one of these tables, and you can see what that looks like in my Writing Center post. Want to know how I run these centers? Take a look at My Ultimate Guide to Kindergarten Centers.
The students also eat their snacks and lunch in the classroom at these tables.
Fine Motor Table/Cubbies
A standing fine motor table activity is changed weekly. I try to put out interesting activities that students can revisit throughout the week.
Our cubbies are in the classroom, and our students get used to taking care of their belongings, and keeping it tidy (it does get tricky in the winter with all their snowsuits!)
Carpet/Dramatic Play Center
I use the carpet for large group input lessons. The dramatic play center is changed out every few months depending on our students’ interests.
The sensory bin is changed out every week, and this is a very popular center in my classroom. We like coming up with different things to put in it. Take a look at my How to Use Sensory Bins blog post to see some examples.
That is my classroom! I don’t have alternative seating, a theme, expensive decorations, but we love it that way. It becomes our second home during the school year, and my students are always excited to come through the door.
What do you have in your classroom that you love?
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