Finding treasures for your preschool classroom

One thing I don’t have yet for my preschool classrooms are child-sized shelves. My husband is planning to build me a few but in the mean time, I happened to stumble across this little shelf in my mom’s neighborhood…

It’s funny how being a preschool teacher makes you look at everything with an eye for the possibilities. I was picking my mom up to run a few errands and happened to notice this little plastic bookshelf sitting on the ground by the garbage dump. My mom got in the car and instead of turning to leave the neighborhood I headed the opposite direction to take a closer look at the shelf.

My mom says “Where are you going?” and I just point towards the shelf. She sees it too down the road and says, “If it isn’t broke we can use plastic spray paint to make it shiny and new again!”  The shelf wasn’t broke and all it really needed was a good cleaning and some baskets of things to do…

I have been collecting baskets of things for the children to explore like the baskets of rocks above. The basket of laundry cups below are for pouring and scooping…

And then there is this basket of sticks – I need to pick up some more or perhaps when school starts, the children can help me gather some more to add to my collection…

I still have a few empty baskets to fill up – I am sure some other treasures will come my way. In the mean time, I am very excited about this shelf and the treasures it holds!

Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

Let me tell ya...

With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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