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Upgrade and Refresh your Space: Tables

Upgrade and Refresh your Space: Tables 0

For young children transitioning from playing beside their peers to interacting with them, tables play a key role in developing collaboration. Used for everything from exploring media, to having a snack. In this second post in a series of posts on Refreshing and Upgrading your classroom, we’ll look at how upgrading even just some of your tables can make a big difference in an early years classroom. 

Upgrade and Refresh your Space:  Choosing the Right Chairs

Upgrade and Refresh your Space: Choosing the Right Chairs 0

If the environment is so critical to early learning, your chairs might be one of your most significant teaching tools, promoting positive behaviours, physical and cognitive development. 

First in a series of posts on Refreshing and Upgrading your classroom, this post looks at how to change-up seating for a significant and immediate upgrade for your learning community, from toddlers to adults. 

COVID Disruptions Continue to Make Pre-Planning Critical

COVID Disruptions Continue to Make Pre-Planning Critical 0

Daring to imagine a school year that might be a lot closer to normal?  Planning a new or refreshed learning environment, indoors or out?  
Plan on ordering furnishings and resources as soon as you possibly can as global pandemic supply chains are expected to remain extremely slow.

Outdoor Classroom Planning Guide

Outdoor Classroom Planning Guide 0

Over 50 pages of great ideas, real world examples,strategies, inspirations and tips for realizing an Outdoor Classroom. Broken out by different learning areas, this guide will help you create a new quality outdoor learning area or ready your existing space for STEM, literacy, creative arts, construction as well energetic play. 
A Process Focussed Arts Centre: Furniture and Paint

A Process Focussed Arts Centre: Furniture and Paint 0

Taking their inspiration from Reggio Emilia and other child directed early years curricula, many classrooms are modeling their creative arts learning areas around an atelier approach.

In this post we’ll offer some suggestions of furnishings and materials that may compliment a process focussed rather than a product focussed art centre. 

SWIR:  Strategies for Keeping Instructional Tools and Toys Safe

SWIR: Strategies for Keeping Instructional Tools and Toys Safe 0

With new stringent sanitation standards in schools and child care centres, is the only safe option, plastic toys?  Do we have to walk back the naturalization (wood pebbles, feathers, fabrics etc) of our classrooms? 

In this third in a series of blog posts on how child care centres and classrooms are re-opening while keeping both children and staff safe in a COVID world, we've organized some hygiene strategies for instructional materials and toys:  Sanitizing/Washing, Individualizing and Rotating (SWIR).