Early childhood environments can feel hectic at the start of second semester. A successful start after winter break means organization and reinforcement of classroom procedures. Early learners need help adjusting to being back in school and following daily routines again. These tips will help you to start the semester feeling organized and ready to go.
Storage and Organization Refresh for Second Semester
You might not have all the time you’d like to start fresh at the beginning of the second semester. However, planning out the rest of the school year will be easier and more enjoyable if you’ve given your space a once-over before things get busy again.
Cleaning & Organizing the Early Childhood Space
Your early childhood classroom may be set-up in centers and areas, each with their own tools and supplies. If so, you’ll want to make sure that your classroom is set up to be a healthy and safe learning environment.
Instead of trying to give every area of the room a matching structure & organizational layout, focus on these two tasks:
- Sorting out any supplies or learning tools that are broken or need replacement
- Cleaning & sanitizing learning materials, furniture, and surfaces
Decluttering a Pre-K Classroom with Storage Solutions
Once you’ve cleaned the tools you’re keeping and tossed or repaired those that needed attention, you might want to consider decluttering each area of the room. Whether this means implementing a monthly rotation of materials, or simply get rid of those that aren’t used very often, your students will find playing and learning easier!
A quality over quantity focus on early childhood classroom materials might give your learning space a calmer feeling and cleaner appearance. A strategically organized classroom will not only help to keep things cleaner, but will also contribute to your classroom management protocols.
Second Semester Pre-K Classroom Management
Even if your students haven’t completely forgotten classroom routines by the time they return from winter break, you’ll still want t thoroughly review them during the first week or two back in the classroom.
Classroom Management Must-Do’s for Early Childhood:
- Emphasize and stick to a routine until students get used to the environment and activities again.
- Go over your “attention collection” method and how students should respond when you require them to focus on what you’re saying.
- Revisit the rules for transitions: cleaning up should be emphasized to encourage responsibility and self-confidence.
- Remind students of what they should do if they become frustrated, overwhelmed, or upset. Give them a place to go and some simple steps to follow.
Ideas for Adding STEAM to Your Early Childhood Classroom
If you’re looking for a new way to organize a space in your classroom, or a new way to engage the early childhood learners in your space, consider organizing a STEAM center. From manipulatives, to building block challenges and books, your classroom STEAM center can help students to explore new ideas and build foundational skills.
Adding some STEAM experiences into the daily schedule can give your students an opportunity to learn in a different way. It doesn’t have to mean buying new and expensive classroom materials. Instead, focus on finding unique ways for students to engage with the tools while building a mental STEAM framework.
More Early Childhood Tips & Inspiration
For more tips, advice, and encouragement for a strong second semester, be sure to stop by the Early Childhood category page to see what’s new. You’ll find must-have classroom supply lists, activity ideas, and more.
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