I've been doing a lot of research to figure out how to turn our playroom/reading room area into a classroom. Since I taught Pre-K for a year before I taught Elementary School I remember how the room was set up and what centers we had to engage the children.
I understand that my entire home can be used as a "classroom" of sorts, and even my backyard as a recess area, but I really wanted to have a School Room feel in one general area. After reading this article I learned about the 7 basic centers, which are: art, blocks, dramatic play, science, library, manipulative, and music.
I will post pictures as soon as I put the final finishing touches on the whole area. I still need a small rug for my library center and I'm thinking of purchasing some bean bags for the kids to sit on.
So far I have an Art center with table and chairs set up over a small rug near my bulletin board and calendar area. The kids can do their Art, Blocks and Manipulatives here because I placed all their blocks, puzzles, paper, crayons, and lacing toys in crates at the bottom of the book shelf.
I also have a Dramatic Play area with our Kid's Kitchen and all the pretend food and dishes. The crates are on the other book shelf at the bottom so they can easily reach and clean up when finished. I'd like to add a treasure chest with dress up clothes and shoes to this area.
I have a Library Center (which I call our Book Nook) with a mini book shelf my mother in law bought Julia, two kid chairs, and two buckets of books which are the kids favorites at the time. I still want to add a soft rug and maybe bean bags if I can find them cheap somewhere. I researched play mats at Ikea. Click here to see one I found for only $24.99.
I found a cute rainbow bean bag for only $34.99...still want to see if I can find it a bit cheaper...
I would like to create a Music center but I think I can do that in our living room where our easel is where we do our Morning Meeting and Circle Time. All I need for that is a crate for all of our CDs and Mark's mini CD player.
Our Science Center will be outside where we can play with water, bugs, sticks, dirt, our garden, etc.
I'm getting all of this in order now because after our Cape May vacation we will be doing a more scheduled school time, right now we have been doing bits and pieces of curriculum, but once we get back it's business as usual!
"We're Going on a Lion Hunt" is our favorite!
Have a great weekend!