A virtual tour of my preschool classroom

The early learning environment is such a critical part of success when it comes to teaching preschool. I invest more time in the set up and preparation of my learning environment than anything else I do as an early childhood educator. Today, I am pleased to be joining several of my fellow bloggers for a little tour of each of our classrooms. At the end of this post, you will find a link to each of the bloggers who are participating in the Classroom Tour Blog Hop and I sure hope you will take the time to click over and tour their classrooms too.  As you check out each of our classrooms, you will find each of them to be uniquely designed based on our own spaces, experiences, philosophies, supplies, equipment, teaching practices, and even the needs and culture of the student’s we teach. No two classrooms are the exactly the same and that is as it should be.  As you read through my classroom tour today and those of my fellow bloggers, I urge you to not read these posts with a critical mindset as we each see our classroom environments as a continuous work in progress nor as a how-to guide for setting up a classroom as this is not our intention. Our intention is to simply share what works well in our own classrooms in hopes to inspire each other and you as well…

Virtual Tour of Preschool Classroom by Teach Preschool

It is kind of complicated to share my learning environment with you in one post but I will at least be able to give you an overall sense of how we are set up. I have three classrooms this year : The indoor classroom, the outdoor classroom, and the dramatic play room. Each room is completely different as they are each designed to offer a different kind of experience. The children begin the first part of their day in our indoor classroom then head outside to the outdoor classroom for the last half of the day. On Thursdays only right now, the children spend time in the dramatic play room but when the weather gets bitterly cold we will begin to spend more time in the dramatic play room…

Virtual Tour of Preschool Classroom by Teach Preschool

In addition to our three classrooms, we also spend lots of time outside.  Spending time outdoors is a very important part of our overall learning environment as well.  We spend time outdoors doing a broad range of things such as going on a walk in the woods, easel painting, hunting for bugs, collecting sticks and acorns, playing with props I have provided, running as fast as we can through the grass, and the list goes on…

Virtual Tour of Preschool Classroom by Teach Preschool

A few details about the indoor classroom

The children begin their day in our indoor classroom. The indoor classroom is located in a lower section of our detached garage on my home property. The room is much smaller than I would like it to be but we make it work for us. As soon as you walk in the door, you will see our large blue carpet. Our blue carpet is used for a variety of activities such as large group meeting times, math time, music time, block play, and sometimes we even spread out to the floor for a planned activity simply because we may need the space for just a bit…

Virtual Tour of Preschool Classroom by Teach Preschool

We have three tables and three floor shelves in the classroom. One shelf holds writing and art materials for the children to use freely. The second shelf holds puzzles and other manipulatives for the children to explore freely, and the last shelf holds our blocks and cars and animals and anything else for block type play we may add or rotate through.  We also have two small shelves mounted down low on the wall that holds our collection of books the children like to read.  I have found that when you have a small classroom, it is better to have lots of room for the children to spread out and play than to have lots of stuff and very little room for the children to spread out and play.  I choose carefully what will be in each shelf and then observe the children to see what they seem to enjoy using or ignore or have lost interest in. If the children never use something I have available on a shelf or just seem to be bored with it, then I replace it after awhile with something new to see if that works better for them…

Virtual Tour of Preschool Classroom by Teach Preschool

We also use the tops, backs, and sides of our shelves for a variety of purposes such as an extra space to play or work, to hold additional materials we may need for the day, to display our magnetic board, and to hold our clip boards…

Virtual Tour of Preschool Classroom by Teach Preschool

My husband built me a set of cubbies to keep the children’s coats and papers in…

Virtual Tour of Preschool Classroom by Teach Preschool

We also have a light table that we convert into a listening center as needed….

Virtual Tour of Preschool Classroom by Teach Preschool

The indoor classroom is what I consider our home base. It is where the children meet in the mornings, keep their personal belongings, and begin their day. I put a lot of time into taking care of the room so that it remains inviting, interesting, decluttered, organized, and fun for the children…

Virtual Tour of Preschool Classroom by Teach Preschool

A glimpse at the outdoor classroom

It is getting late here and I need to get some rest before school tomorrow so here is a quick glimpse at our outdoor classroom.  In the outdoor classroom, we have a water table, sand table, tinker table, discovery table, an easel, and a middle table used for play dough or other sensory and creative activities…

Virtual Tour of Preschool Classroom by Teach Preschool

I change the materials in the outdoor classroom about once a week but we always have the same centers. So I may have cans in the sand table one week but the next week, I will set out buckets or construction tools or some other material in the sand table. The outdoor classroom is A LOT of work to keep clean but the children absolutely love to be out there and it makes all the work very worthwhile…

Virtual Tour of Preschool Classroom by Teach Preschool

This school year, we have doubled our enrollment. I went from 12 students ages three to five to 18 students ages three to five. I also added another day to our week so now I have classes Monday through Thursday. It has made blogging regularly quite the challenge (for those of you who follow me regularly, you probably have already noticed that). But I am hoping that I can get back on the ball because I have so many more things I want to share with you. Now be sure to hop on over to see the other classroom tours listed below with a link to each one!

Classroom Tour Blog Hop Environments:
Katie at Preschool Inspirations
Jamie at Play to Learn Preschool
Darla at The Preschool Toolbox
Sheryl at Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Amy at Child Central Station
Mary Catherine at Fun-A-Day

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By |2017-03-30T10:39:21+00:00September 29th, 2014|

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. Katie @ Preschool Inspirations September 29, 2014 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I am completely in love with how you arrange your centers to be so inviting and to encourage exploration! For a small space, you use everything so well, and how brilliant to double the light table as a listening center. Thank you for explaining everything so well, and I appreciate you sharing such a wealth of wisdom with us while touring at the same time.

  2. SAMIRA hossain September 29, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

    A great adventure indeed

  3. The Preschool Toolbox September 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Deborah – this is great play and learning! LOVE, LOVE your discovery tables – so many great explorations going on. Thanks so much for allowing us into your classroom! Wonderful post!

  4. Amy September 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Deborah– I absolutely LOVE your outdoor science exploration table– and what a great frame under your under the washer bin!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm - Reply

      My hubby built the frame this summer for me. He built me two of them and I swap them around for different activities along with the bins:)

  5. Trisha September 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Welcome back! There has definitely been a void in the preschool world without your posts:)

    Thank you for this post…I’m excited to look at the others too. It’s always inspiring to see what other preschools are like.

  6. April September 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Your classrooms look amazing! May I ask what brand that play kitchen is? I’m looking for a new play kitchen for my boys. Is there a link for it? Also, I noticed you had a children’s step stool in the background. Do you have a link/information for that as well? Thanks!

  7. Rachel (",) September 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Great tour! I love looking at other people’s classrooms!
    You can see some images of mine here: https://stimulatinglearning.co.uk/2014/09/gradual-admission/ (“,)

  8. Nichole {youclevermonkey} September 29, 2014 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks for showing us around your classroom Deborah. I’ve always loved your setting. I have to say your class sizes are so small by comparison to here -we have three to four times the amount of children in a session! I look forward to taking a look at everyone else’s classrooms – so interesting to see inside other people’s classrooms 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      Hi Nichole,
      I would love to take more students but I only have enough physical room for 12 students at a time in my classroom and no place else to expand to:) However, we do squeeze all 18 students into the classroom a few times during the week for snack and large group gatherings but to actually have any play space, the room only accommodates 12 comfortably. I used to have those large class sizes like you do – Oh how I remember those days!!

  9. Kate_Laughing Kids Learn September 30, 2014 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Such a gorgeous and bright space for learning. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  10. jessica October 1, 2014 at 12:04 am - Reply

    i always love seeing your classroom! your bookshelf looks al ot like ours…it’s apple time for us! thank you for the tour!

  11. Natalie Hopps October 8, 2014 at 11:38 am - Reply

    I absolutely love how you have set up your classrooms! I have just opened a home based preschool and this blog has given my inspiration on how to set things up. I really like your outdoor room, I wish I had one as well. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Sarah February 26, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Love, love, love all the info you share! Our preschool will be in a new building next year, and I am pulling many ideas from your classroom to plan my new room. Thank you! I am having trouble pinning pictures from your site, though. When I try to pin, the following message pops up: “Invalid paramerters. This is not a valid image.”

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 1, 2017 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      Hoping that is fixed now Sarah! Thank you for the heads up:)

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