The U.S. Department of Education published a booklet meant to be a guide for preschool teachers, child care and family providers. In this series we will look at what the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Early Childhood Head Start Task Force provide and supplement the sections and suggestions with additional information and some links that will help you carry out what the booklet suggests.
How can you work with the space you have in your home or small center to create a classroom? One suggestion is to "use cupboards, screens, and tables to divide your classroom into children’s work areas."
By creating different work spaces the children have a better understanding of what they are supposed to do and when they are supposed to do it. You can have them help you make neat labels too! Making them an active participant in the environment you are creating for them.
Some names of the work spaces might be:
- Library Corner
- Games and Puzzles Table
- Writing Table
- Blocks Place
- Art Studio
- Housekeeping Room
- Science Space
You can also find some free sign makers on the web to personalize and print the signs from your home. For an example, check out this website http://printstationary.net/signs/. You can print out birthday signs from here too!
If you use a website to make your signs and labels, make sure to save the website that you liked the most to print out signs (if you do it that way) because as you bring new toys, games and activities in, you are going to want the signs and labels up to date!