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Setting Up the Classrooms

Setting Up the Classrooms

For me, setting up the preschool classrooms was my favorite part of getting the school ready. I was starting from scratch and I was on a mission to create a welcoming, child friendly environment that would promote independence and creativity. I wanted the classrooms to help the children feel safe and comfortable while engaging them and stimulating their curiosity. The first step was to purchase child sized shelves, tables, and chairs. Having furniture that is the appropriate size for the…

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Emergent Curriculum in Progress: Building Rocket Ships

Emergent Curriculum in Progress: Building Rocket Ships

 Last week we had a great example of how emergent curriculum works. One morning, while I observed some of the children building in the block area, one of the boys said, “Miss Bridget, look. I made a rocket ship!”  I asked him where his rocket ship was going and he told me it was going to space. As we talked about the rocket, I explained how there is a countdown before a rocket blasts off. We counted down from ten…

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Christmas Tree Stumps in the Block Area

Christmas Tree Stumps in the Block Area

Update: I wanted to update this post because I did the same thing again this year except with a few differences. First, the Christmas tree people gave me the stumps for free. Hooray! Second, they let me pick out my own stumps, so I got a better variety. I picked out lots of small ones for inside play. The children built with them and put the plastic animals on them. I also picked out some bigger ones for outdoor play….

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