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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. 

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. 
What to keep/cull -- evaluating your play materials

What to keep/cull -- evaluating your play materials 0

Versatile open-ended materials are extremely valuable learning tools.  But specific play materials which may have as little as one obvious use, in conjunction with open-ended materials can be an inspiring combination. An effective play to learn environment should have a mix of open-ended and specific play materials.  Here's a model to help evaluate the balance of play areas and materials in your class.
Lightening an Early Years Classroom's Fire Load

Lightening an Early Years Classroom's Fire Load 0

Recently while inspecting a pre-primary classroom of predominantly natural materials the local fire inspectors raised concerns. But they weren't worried as much by the new wood materials as they were by the overall accumulation of stuff.