Setting up the preschool classroom is always a work in progress

There are so many details that go into a preschool classroom. It seems like the list of “to-dos” just gets longer once you get started…

My wonderful new assistant, Mrs. Courtney, and one of my very generous student grandparents, Mrs. T, has pitched in to help me get things ready for preschool and there was an enormous amount of work to do. In our outdoor classroom, we had to start by doing a little power washing and then we started setting up the floor mats and furniture…

In our indoor classroom, we made sure all the floors were cleaned then began the process of setting up the furniture in there too…

I like to start with the furniture so we can see how the space will be best used and since we have a pretty small amount of space to work with, we have to make every part of the classroom counts…

Once the main pieces of furniture are in place, then we can see what furniture needs to be moved a little bit this way or that way so we have good traffic flow and each center will work out well for the children…

Once all the furniture is all set, we can begin the process of bringing in baskets and adding the materials we want to keep on each shelf…

We spent a lot of time making decisions about what we wanted on each shelf and what we wanted in each basket. We often changed our mind along the way as we would think through which items would be better for the beginning of the school year versus which items we will wait and rotate onto the shelves throughout the school year…

In our indoor classroom we are starting the school year off with a block center, writing and art center, reading and puppet area, puzzle and math center, light table area, magnet center, easel, and circletime area…

In our outdoor classroom, we are starting with our water table, sand table, window easel, paint easel, discovery center, and two tables in the center of the room for additional activities we will bring into the classroom each day…

Not only do we have to make sure our classroom furniture and center supplies are all set up but we also have to think through our teacher supplies. We want to be sure everything is accessible and organized in each classroom…

And all the while, I keep stopping places to do a little shopping.  For our outdoor classroom, I found this wonderful shelf from Michaels to hold supplies for the children to use…

Next comes the process of hanging pictures, preparing bulletin boards, labeling things, and all those other finishing touches which I will share more on in my next post.

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By |2012-08-27T06:00:55+00:00August 27th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Katie West August 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    The class setup looks great! I love the plexiglass easel!

  2. Bette Vaughan August 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I love your classroom. Can I come work for you?

  3. Veronica Ochoa August 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Wow!!! Que bonitas cosas, esto es un sueño para cualquier maestra de preescolar en México. No me quejo ya que con ingenio y creatividad puedo hacer de mis alumnos niños felices. me encanta TEACHPRESCHOOL, Saludos….

  4. miss janette August 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Looks good! Consider reinforcing that shelf from Michaels – I had one and the drawers kept popping off the tracks bc the frame would not stay tight enough to hold it all in place.
    Are those bins below the trays made of metal? If so, where’d you get them?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 28, 2012 at 12:32 am - Reply

      Hi Miss Janette,
      I got the metal bins from Garden Ridge here in Indy. They came in white, red, or black so I bought white and painted them all the colors I like:)

  5. andie jaye August 28, 2012 at 12:01 am - Reply

    great resource for setting up a classroom. i love that drawer system from Michael’s. i love staying home, but miss setting up a room. it’s my favorite! *pinned

  6. cute and peculiar August 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    This looks great! I love the sand and water table and the block center looks like so much fun!

  7. Judy September 1, 2012 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Just Great!!!!

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