The first day of preschool is around the corner. You have the keys to your classroom. Then you realize you aren’t quite sure how to get ready for the first day of school. You need tips on setting up the preschool classroom!
Good news! I’ve been taking notes for over 18 years. And now I actually look forward to it!
You’ve seen how we pay attention to detail when setting everything up. I take into consideration how our mornings will go during our 2 year olds’ schedule and our 3 year olds’ schedule. While we don’t put all the same activities and materials out for both classes, they do share the same classroom and I am mindful of that when setting up wall displays and other details.
I thought I’d share with you all how we set up for the first day of our 3 year old class. Anything with smaller pieces is removed for our 2 year old class and replaced with more age-appropriate materials. And teachers, if you have anything else to add that has helped you, please let me know in the comments!
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Tips on Setting Up the Preschool Classroom
Introducing the Teachers
In the hallway, as the preschool families arrive, they can read about their teachers. We keep these up for a few weeks and the children love looking at them. (They can’t believe I was ever that little girl, though!)
Love Notes From Parents
On parent night we hand out pieces of card stock, stickers, and markers. The parents write love notes to their children, wishing them a fun year in preschool, and we read them during snack on the first day. They then get hung over the cubbies in the hallway all year. At the end of the year, these notes are placed in their memory books to take home and cherish forever.
We keep a gallon Zip-Lock bag for each child in these baskets all year long. They contain a full set of extra clothing.
Birthday Bulletin Boards
The first week of school each child in both classes decorates a birthday crown. The bulletin board starts off blank but will soon be filled with crowns.
Every child in our preschool has a cubby in the hallway for parents to check each day. We use these cubbies for parent communication and work that was done by the children. The 3 year old class also has a set of cubbies inside the classroom, next to the writing area, to put any immediate work they’ve done (that doesn’t need to dry) into. This is just one of the many ways we work on name recognition.
The tops of shelves and cabinets are nice for displays. We love to display natural materials and also a variety of textures.
We start our day in both classes with free-choice centers time.
Before the first day of school, you might want to place signs in each center that distinguish what the children are learning. This is especially helpful during open house, so parents can also understand all the learning that is taking place. You can download center signs here.
The classroom is now ready for the first day of preschool. Just add children!
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