The first day in summer preschool

Preschool is over for the big kids for this year and now that everyone has gone off for their summer break, I have reset up my classroom for my two year old grandson. Yes, he is the only student I have during the summer – well that is until baby brother gets just a little bit older or we have a friend come over to play…

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Throughout this summer, I will share a little bit of what my grandson and I are doing as well as posts from this past school year with the “big kids.”  I will actually hop back and forth a bit and even take a day off here and there so I can rest up for next school year and spend extra time with my family over the summer. But for today, I thought I would take you along as my grandson explored our new (more toddler friendly) classroom set up…

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

As with any two year old, the first thing my grandson needed to do was get familiar with the room. I didn’t plan anything special for us to do – just time to explore the room and the things set out for play around the room. One thing that I know about my grandson is that he loves to play on a table. He will bring pretty much anything he chooses to play with over to a table so I set up two tables. One table is for me to set up new things for my grandson to try and the other is for my grandson to use for his play…

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

My grandson went right to work bringing over cars and trucks and animals over to the table even though there is a large carpet for him to play on. If I insisted he play with things where I thought he should play, he would just ignore the toys altogether. So for now, one table stays cleared off for table top free play…

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

And like most average two year olds, my grandson wants to take things down – not everything, but things that seem out of the ordinary to him.  For example, the puppets on the back of the shelf seemed out of the norm so he took them all off the hooks and dropped them on the floor.  He wasn’t interested in playing with the puppets (and may never be), only interested in removing them from the hooks…

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

And once the puppets were out of his way, then he spent a few minutes taking a closer look at the hooks. The hooks were clearly more interesting than the puppets…

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

At the music center, my grandson spent a few minutes playing the drums and turning the CD player volume up and down…

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

And then he took a few xylophones over to the table to give them a try too…

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

Except for car and truck play on the table, my grandson didn’t spend more than a few minutes in any one area of the room…

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

Instead, he went from area to area then back again – sometimes choosing something to play with and other times just looking things over…

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

And where he left things left on the floor, like the puppets, I quietly went and put them back up. Today was about exploring the novelty of a new place and feeling free to explore – not feeling pressure to pick it all up.

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

I modeled the care of our room for him and, as I have done at home, he will soon realize that everything has its place and be ready to pitch in and help put things up. Today, he needed to know where every was and what it was – he needed to just explore his new environment…

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

So now that my grandson has explored the classroom (for a couple of days now) I will begin introducing new experiences and materials for us to explore together…

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

So I think I was able to take a photo of my grandson exploring most of the areas of our classroom so you could get a little tour too!

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

Summer time preschool lasted about an hour today and now it is time (depending on which clock you are following) to go outside and play!

The first day in summer preschool by Teach Preschool

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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. Patty Thompson June 4, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply


    Can you share the dimensions of your preschool room and your outdoor classroom? I have been struggling with how my room is set up (15×17) and yours feels so roomy…..



    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm - Reply

      I can’t remember – so I will take a look tomorrow and get back to you.

  2. andiejaye June 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    you’ve got the best grandma’s house ever!! so much fun for your little guy to explore!

  3. Faigie June 5, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Boy I’ve heard them talking about making class sizes smaller but, this is really taking it to the limit. (lol) I was wondering what you were going to post about over the summer. What a fun time for you. (and him of course)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 5, 2013 at 12:23 am - Reply

      So you think a 1 to 1 ratio is a bit much? LOL!

  4. Cindy June 5, 2013 at 8:01 am - Reply

    You have such a beautiful classroom, Deborah. I was wondering what type of toy that is in picture #9. I love to be able to double use my classroom space and especially provide the opportunity to play while standing.

    Have a fun summer with your grandson!

  5. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem June 5, 2013 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I think my favourite part of the whole post is the look of great concentration on his face in every photo! I love it when they get so involved in exploration like that!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 6, 2013 at 1:02 am - Reply

      I also love capturing their concentration! It is just a wonderful site!

  6. Veens @ Our Ordinary Life June 5, 2013 at 10:56 am - Reply

    So fun 🙂 Love your set-up and your little grandson. I specially love that look of concentration he has..priceless.

  7. MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO June 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful & colorful classroom! I love the hanging puppets! and ALL your kindergaten facilities!
    what a good idea to explore standing!
    I like the different colorful baskets that you have in every furniture in your classroom!
    Have a fun summer holidays!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 6, 2013 at 1:03 am - Reply

      My grandson just loves to stand and play. Now, I like to sit down:)

  8. Michele Baker June 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    What a great classroom! It’s so cute to watch children explore new places, looking and touching everything. Hope y’all have lots of fun this summer 🙂

  9. Rachel June 14, 2013 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I love your blog but my son is only 2 so I’m excited for some activities for this age group.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      I do have other activities I have shared from last year or so but they are with my nephew. I will tell you, getting my grandson indoors to do anything is a challenge. He prefers outdoor water play every day!

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