All set up and ready for preschool

I have been sharing a bit about the process of setting up our preschool classrooms over the past week. The good news is that when our first day of preschool arrived, we had the classroom all set up for the children…

There is always something more I can think of to be done and since taking these photos, I have already made just a few slight changes and additions…

We tried to think through every part of the classroom so that we could find things easily…

Right down to even our snack supply cabinet and snack baskets…

We wanted to be sure that traffic flow would work well too and that there would be a good variety of centers for the children to explore…

In the photo above, we still didn’t have our bookshelf attached to the wall, but now we do…

We have another shelf in the indoor classroom just above our light table…

We also added a new rug for our circletime area.  I had a red rug there but it was too small for our class this year, so I ordered a new rug and it came in on Tuesday, right after our first day of school. The red rug was moved under our light and magnet center area…

The set up of the classroom makes such a huge difference in all things regarding classroom management and keeping kids comfortable, engaged, and excited about preschool…

And our first week of preschool was super busy…

And super fun!



By |2012-08-31T09:00:14+00:00August 31st, 2012|

About the Author:

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. Wend Young, LMSW, BCD August 31, 2012 at 9:08 am - Reply


    It’s lovely! So bright and cheerful and sunny. And so well thought out! I’d love to be a student in your classroom! Here’s to a great year!

    Wendy =)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 31, 2012 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Hi Kidlu! It is good to hear from you:) I have missed you old friend:)

      • Wend Young, LMSW, BCD August 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

        Awwww, I’ve checked in from time to time! Just haven’t commented in a while! ALWAYS love what you do! =)

      • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 31, 2012 at 9:42 am

        I LOVE your friendship bracelet idea! I just pinned it and will share it on FB too. And of course, we will borrow that idea for our classroom:) It is super cute!

      • Wend Young, LMSW, BCD August 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

        You’re awesome for sharing! It makes me so happy to know that folks are diligently working on helping kids be good friends, navigate social situations and learn how to get along!

        Thanks for sharing!

        Wendy =)

  2. Wendy August 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for posting the pics! You inspire me so!

  3. mary August 31, 2012 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Hi deborah ..your flannel board looks very nice..can you tell me how you made it and from what? also love the glue bottles – where did you find them?

  4. maro's kindergarten August 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I really like the setting of your classroom! I wish you a very creative year! I can’t wait to see your activities and crafts!

  5. Creative Playhouse August 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I want to live in your pre-school! its so beautiful. so inspiring!

  6. Creative Playhouse August 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I want to live in your pre-school! its so beautiful. so inspiring!

    Read more:

  7. Tiana August 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing! It’s so exciting to see the whole process of preparing the classroom. The classroom looks great and I am sure the children will have a fun time learning.

  8. Have a wondeful year! LOVE your classroom.


    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 1, 2012 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Thank you Jen:)

  9. Kristina August 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Love it!! Great work! So glad the first day went well too.

  10. Linda August 31, 2012 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Your classroom looks very inviting and a fun place to be, Deborah. How many students do you have this year? What age group are they?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 1, 2012 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Hi Linda,
      I have 12 students ages 3 to 5 🙂


  11. Barbara Sullivan September 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    My husband & I are licensed daycare providers in Mn. Is your space an addition to your home? It doesn’t look “institutional.” It’s nicely set up! We have our little friends year-round, but fall always makes me look at our environment with a fresh eye. Thanks for sharing your classroom! Barbara

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Barbara,
      My preschool is in a building next to our home and on our property. It is not in our home but part of our home:)

  12. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Hello Deborah
    I love your posts and beautiful photos. Your room looks very inviting for the new year. I was wondering how many children you have in your classes and what age range?

  13. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Oops.. after I posted my question the other comments came up and my question has been asked by someone else and answered 🙂

  14. Kimberly Thornton September 4, 2012 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Your classroom is colorful and inviting. I thought about getting a red rug but was concerned it might be too over stimulating for the children. How are the children responding to all the color in your preschool space?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 4, 2012 at 6:58 am - Reply

      I think since our walls are a soft neutral color and we have such large windows, the splashes of color we have around the room are offset. I am not finding the children to be affected one way or another but if I did, I would certainly feel comfortable making the change.

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