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#1 of 7 Old 04-30-2008, 06:58 PM - Thread Starter
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My son's school is building a new pre-school and are looking for good ideas as to what types of things would be nice to have in the classroom...

We are thinking of things like a wall of chalkboard paint, a reading cave/loft, movable bookshelves to allow for changes in dividing space, window seats, etc.

Anyone have special things in their child's preK or K classrooms that are great and your kids love?
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My DDs class fights for computer time, so even if computers are an immediate part of the plan, you might want to be sure the classrooms are wired to an increased use of technology.
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Hmm some of the things I like about DDs preschool building.

Windows which are low enough for the children to see out of them
Access to a small outdoor play area most of the time
The toilets are just off the main room, like and L shape so they are not visible from the main room but the staff can hear what is going on.

The thing I really don't like is that since the room is also used for other things it has very little personality to it. Nowhere for long term displays, children's art work etc. It all has to be put away at the end of the session. They do thier best with movable notice baords but it's not the same.

I like all the ideas you have so far. If there is any possibility of doing cooking with the children an child hight surface in the kitchen area would be nice.
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DS's old classroom had magnetic paint on the walls so the kids had lots of fun putting magnets on it. I love the way that everything is arranged and put on shelves neatly for the kids to work on (he goes to a montessori school). I think DS's favourite part of the room is probably the reading area. They have little sofas and comfortable chairs for the kids to sit in and read.
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They're doing a bunch of those They will have a little kitchen (they make bread on fridays ) and they will have bathrooms right in the area (private, but only for the children and the staff can hear and help out if need be). They are putting in windows and skylights, floors for easy artwork clean-up (carpet elsewhere), and they are also Montessori, so a million shelves and books and things. They have beautiful wood furniture, and a courtyard where they feed birds and have picnic tables to work outside. The have cubbies for their lunch and coats, moveable bookshelves and dividers to arrange the space how they need it (they do music and yoga all as a big group).

Keep the ideas comming!
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a picture wall and have a child of the week to share pics of themselves and their family
a couple of computers
cubbies for all their stuff
alphabet and number strips on the wall
chart that shows day of the week, season, month, year
paper, glue and other craft supplies
carpet/rugs with designs on it for cars to ride on or hopscotch rugs
cots for rest time if it's all day preschool
strips on the wall to hang art work
stuffed animals
low bookshelves for short arms to get to
centers and sofas or soft chairs is a great idea too!
sandbox w/cover

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easily-accesible cubbies/bins for toys, labeled with a picture.

Art center with fun scissors, glue, colored tape, all kinds of paper

small whiteboards with markers (my kinder kids LOVE this!)

great set of wooden blocks with a shelf labeled for how to put them away
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