The Kindergarten Classroom
Kindergarten is such a delicate and crucial time in the life of a student. Yes, there is pre-k and day care, but kindergarten is that milestone that marks the life of a student that will hopefully emerge 13 years later with a high school diploma. In some states, kindergarten attendance is mandatory.
Kindergarten is German for “children’s garden.” An educator by the name of Friedrich Fröbel coined the term in 1837 to describe a transitional class for young children to pass into formal education. Children between the ages of five and six have reached the point in their lives when they are no longer babies.
It is a fascinating age, and many kindergarten teachers will tell you that they wouldn’t dream of considering another age group to work with. Teaching kindergarten can be quite challenging. The basics can start with a fresh and creative classroom.
Take a picture tour of one creative kindergarten classroom. Have fun setting up your own creative kindergarten classroom. First,check out this classic poem Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It is a real morale booster and will make you proud to be a kindergarten teacher.
Make a Kindergarten Classroom Treehouse
If you, a significant other or a friend is knowledgeable in basic carpentry, consider creating a classroom tree house. Kids just love this. They can climb the ladder and rest with a toy or picture book and learn how to get a grip on life.
Build the classroom tree house safe and sturdy.
This teacher gives her classroom a jungle look with artificial vines and leaf paintings on the cinder block walls.
Kiddie lawn chairs and a writing center underneath the tree house provides another safe and self-directed area.
Of course, tables are much more suitable for kindergarten than individual desks. This makes grouping and center work much more flexible. This teacher takes it further by being able to score several kidney tables for her class. Perfect for small group instruction with multiple teachers/adults in the class.
Kindergarten kids need to be immersed in the alphabet and the phonemic sounds of letters. At the same time, they must be exposed to sight words that don’t “follow the rules.” As a young kindergarten teacher, I used to call them “jail bird words.” I drew a jailhouse on the board and wrote the words inside.
Well, give me a break, Techies. Use my concept and create software. The idea seemed to work!
This pretty word wall is divided into sections with ribbon.
And with a jungle theme border.
Where is there a better place to learn how to schedule a day than kindergarten? This one is big, bold and laminated for durability.
This kindergarten teacher displays those famous 26 letters with initial sound drawings that her kids helped create. No doubt the kid’s involvement in this classroom alphabet display will increase learning for these kids!
Ditto for color and color word recognition. So much more creative than the ones you buy!
Laminate them and they will last all year.
A birthday display is a great way to help develop literacy
Books in baskets sorted by genre can be used on table tops and at the reading center also.
Numeracy is important too! This rug with numbers to 20 goes great in the calendar math section.
Provide a super calendar math section to teach all kinds of concepts…place value, graphing, skip counting, money and more.
The numbered circles form a centipede that marches along the walls.
Children’s actual photos are used here to schedule centers.
Each table in the class is color coded and has their own set of supplies in a handy caddie.
Labeled storage promotes both organization and literacy.
Make good use of storage space to keep the classroom clutter free.
Last but not least, have a concrete and visual way to track and motivate good behavior.