Grateful for Exploration Class Experience

Last week Friday I had the opportunity to observe and explore kindergarten two classrooms at a school that specialises in teaching the first two years of school. Looking around the second classroom I visited, I was reminded of what I would like to create my own room. The building corner made me realise that I wish to bring more natural materials into my space and stop using the plastic bins that are frequently used by teachers.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
A Natural Building Space. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

As I walked around the room, there were smalll things that caught my eye which created a relaxing and harmonious space for the children. What I noticed was the focus on natural baskets and neutral colours.

Below are a few ideas that I wish to put into place – especially for next year.

I am thinking of changing a little the way in which I  display the children’s work in the classroom. I liked the board I saw in the front of the room next to the carpet. Children’s self-portraits were displayed as well as their current drawings and art work.

I currently have many ideas buzzing in my head at the moment – and many thoughts on games to create for the children. This will be done bit by bit, year by year. As the hosting teacher told us, it took her many years to get her room looking the way it does with all the wonderful activities in it that she had created.

This week I am grateful to have had the opportunity to visit a FDK classroom. The experience was inspiring and energising.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Last week:

Lavender Ladi was grateful for earth day

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post so that I know you have participated)

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16 thoughts on “Grateful for Exploration Class Experience

  1. Hey Colline – when we first moved to VA- there seemed to be a wave of this natural fiber and basket use / a Local teacher in my neighborhood was raving all about it and she did not have all the light tones as in your picture (which looks great by the way – so calm) but she had mixed tones and ma y lined baskets – so it seemed to have a popular phase her /
    And a for a season I went all natural – even the ” paper in” box on my desk was a wicker weave.
    But then I went back to plastic or a mix of items
    So for me – I find that sometimes change is good. I find that sometimes the all natural feel to baskets might be appealing because it is so different and maybe even softer/ however – going back to plastics and vibrant color felt good after that because it was lively – if that makes sense.
    And then sometimes color coding stations was awesome – a an all green literature nook – with a theme – and then a puzzle station set up with blue! And maybe the science could have the natural weaves and baskets or jus have natural baskets for certain learning items like seashells.

    Oh and I once heard someone say she did not use baskets because of germs and she felt it was cleaner to have tubs that get washed and dried – but this was also for messy art class where more washing is needed!
    Anyhow – enjoyed the photos – what a great way to share ideas
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    Quick auestion – who watches your class when you go and visit like this?

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    1. I like the natural colours as it does have a calming effect on the children. Too much colour and too many things on the wall does excite them on a subconscious level. I have white plastic bins at the moment for some of the things I have. But as I am still building my room, I can go either way.
      The school board I work for has in place a good substitute teacher program – so any time I am off sick or attending a workshop during work time, I can book a substitute teacher to come into my room and follow the plans I leave on my desk. I try to use the substitute teachers that the children know so that it is not too stressful for my kids.

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      1. oh that is cool about having good subs in place! so organizied = and yes, I heard about not having too much on walls. I used to have to share a room to teach in one year – and at first I thought it would be hard (it was only once a week) but it ended up being nice for a few reasons – and one of them was the bare walls – I could hang three or four things for that daily lesson and it was such a calm, peaceful environment. I have seen so many teachers clog the walls with good intentions. The white bins sound nice…

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