I get excited as my students are working on these activities...as I love to plan and I often begin plotting out new ideas I would like to put into motion.
These assignments have caused me to reflect on centers I have implemented in my years as a preschool teacher. In my classroom I always included the following centers: blocks, dramatic play (corresponding with the theme), sensory tables (sand/water and anything goes), manipulatives, library corner, art, and often a thematic inspired area. I have also tried some other centers for limited periods of time: snack, computer, listening, music, science, and preschool tummy time (explanation to follow in a future post). I was never brave enough to add a wood working center in my classroom.
This past Friday, the lead preschool teacher, some of our student teachers, and I reworked the block area. I wish I would have taken a "before" photo. All the blocks were taken off the shelves, cleaned, and sorted. Random blocks were gathered for use elsewhere. Shelves were wiped down and new shelf labels were made. A HUGE bin of extra blocks that had been in our playground storage shed was brought in...all blocks wiped down, and added to the newly organized shelves. This cleaning and organizing adventure was the beginning of a block area enhancement project that I am working on for a future conference presentation. I am planning on adding inexpensive simple items to lure the kiddos into the block area to play. The block area has not had a makeover in quite a while and the kids need some new challenges. The children's reaction to the items will be fun to observe and will provide the college students with some new skills to documents and ideas for their future classrooms.
|The inventory on these shelves is a little more skimpy than others...more room for new items.|
|Nice load of unit blocks!|
|So nicely organized...until Monday.|