Teaching early childhood education is a truly rewarding calling – you not only need to be able to connect to children and help them build their educational base, you also need to stimulate their curiosity while providing a safe environment for play and exploration. That’s a tall order.
Much has been written about the ideal classroom layout for children of every age, but even if you have your learning centers and classroom design down to a science there’s always room for experimentation. Here are some of our favorite fresh ideas for preschool classroom layouts and designs:
Classroom Layout Ideas for Preschool Teachers
- If you have an outdoor space in your preschool classroom consider erecting a fun music wall. Instruments and tools can hang from string so eager minds always have something to use when they’re feeling the rhythm. Items you can hang for your preschoolers to make noise with: wind chimes, xylophone keys, a wire rack, a frying pan, and rotating bottles filled with pebbles. Get creative! Anything can be an instrument.
- Make your preschool classroom layout as clean as possible by giving kids access to the sink after activities that can occasionally get messy. For example, keep your art table and your water/sand table (if you have them) right by the sink. This will allow students to explore without getting debris or splotches of color all over your pristine classroom.
- If you have the materials and the time consider installing a reading loft in your classroom. Giving the students a bit of elevation from the ground and their own private area to read in removes them slightly from the action so they can focus on their reading development. Plus, if the loft is tall enough you can keep the library center underneath it.
- Remove the stress from lining up by taping brightly colored, numbered dots along the floor of your classroom in a line. If each child in your classroom is assigned a number they won’t have to push and shove or run when asked to line up. What a blessing! Children’s numbers can be rotated throughout the year so those at the back of the line don’t feel left out. For a visual visit this page.
- Get a read on the emotions of your shyer students by creating a feelings board. Create different sections on the board for emotions like “happy,” “angry,” “sad,” “excited,” and so on. Be sure to include a visual! Each child can put their nametag on the appropriate section as they come in, and as their moods change throughout the day. If a child suddenly is in the “angry” column you can investigate and see what’s troubling them. Here’s a reference if you’d like to make one of your own.
Of course, these are just starting points; use your creativity and your expertise to design a classroom with a great layout. These ideas will come easy to you after you’ve graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Kendall College – click here to see how an ECE degree from Kendall can benefit your career.