Classroom Set-Up

Classroom Set-Up2017-09-15T07:49:27+00:00

I am constantly making small changes to my classroom. As I see the children have lost interest in a certain center or basket of items that I have out to explore then I begin looking at what I might need to do to bring back new interest. Do I need to change the items that are in the baskets? Do I need to rework the space so there is more room for play? Do I need to give the children more time to play? Do I need to model play just a bit so I can inspire new interest?  So many questions to consider when setting up centers and then keeping them fresh and interesting throughout the school year.

The classroom environment is what I spend more time on as a teacher than anything else for I know the classroom environment is like a second teacher. The classroom environment affects learning, behavior, skill development, and all things related to having a happy and healthy early learning experience for both the child and the teacher. To read the posts I have shared about classroom set up, classroom centers, or classroom management – see the list of titles below. 


  1. MIRIAM CECILIA FERNANDEZ BORASO December 11, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

    you are so true! definetely the classrooom envirionment affects learning, behavior, skill development and learning in general!
    defenitely true!


  2. Melanie Edwards January 24, 2017 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    No titles listed below. Melanie

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 24, 2017 at 11:34 pm - Reply

      We will get that fixed ASAP Melanie!

  3. Tanya January 28, 2017 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Hey I am new to your website I have been teaching two’s for five years now i am teaching 24 three year olds in a new class room built for 12 using the creative curriculum for the first time. I am working on a new classroom set up any ideas

  4. […] to, whether they are educational or social they are important factors in the classroom. Deborah at makes points about how to change up the centers as the year goes on. In the beginning of the year […]

  5. Sari January 31, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Darn, still no titles…

  6. Janice C Felstedt July 12, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Hello Deborah, I’ve been thinking a lot about de-cluttering my classroom walls. I know you talk a lot about making the most of wall space with interactive boards. How about above the childs reachable space. When I first started 5 years ago I purchased some cute shapes and stick kids to hang on the walls. I’m rethinking this. What are your thoughts on less distractive walls in the classroom. I love how you seem to mostly display the kids artwork.

  7. Laura August 31, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I’ve been following your instagram/Facebook page forum a while and I’m really impressed with the concentrated look on your children’s faces in your photos. They always seems busy in different activities in the whole classroom.
    I’m an italian teacher and I’m wondering how is your school time organized? Do you offer different activities at the sale time and leave free choice to the kids? How much time do they spend in individual or collective activities?
    Thanks. Have a good school year! ☺

    • Deborah Stewart September 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Laura,
      We have centers and a few planned table activities out around each day in the classroom. We invite the children to begin at the tables then work their way out to the centers at their own pace.

  8. susan brooks January 16, 2018 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Good morning Deborah, I did not see any reference to computer stations for your kids. I work as an early lit specialist for a rural library. We recently held a fundraiser to raise funds to upgrade the children’s computers. I’m interested in pad loaded with educational content for kids 2 to 10/no internet access. I’ve seen some with docking stations which pads are positioned on during library hours, have locking mechanism.
    I would appreciate any and all input from you and your readers.
    The AWE systems are awesome but way too expensive.
    Thanks for helping.

  9. nishank July 23, 2018 at 6:17 am - Reply

    I would appreciate your work on classroom when children feel great than they perform great.

  10. Martin Hasselbring January 14, 2019 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Hi Deborah. I work for an early learning company in London which has developed many award winning apps. It doesn’t look as if your pupils use any sort of device in their learning activities which is great and all looks like good fun! Would you as a professional within early childhood learning be interested in checking out our app as I would really value your feedback? All the best and many thanks!

    • Deborah Stewart January 14, 2019 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Hi Martin,
      Unfortunately, I don’t use any sort of devices in my classroom as the children are only with me part time and have ample access at home. Also, I tend to focus on hands on, real life learning:)

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