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Insights from the Intersection of Childhood and Education

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Welcome to Preschool!

Preschool officially begins this week but our teachers have been busy setting up the classrooms and preparing for back-to-school night (happening later today!). But really, they are not only fun and enthusiastic teachers, they're also fantastic interior decorators. Here are a few notes on how to create a welcoming, homey classroom (and home?):

The busy scene above resulted in this serene setting later on in the day...

There is clearly a retro phone thing going on! Remember the whirring sound of the rotary dial?

Inviting, cozy nooks abound.

One of the preschool's decorating secrets is that you'll walk around a classroom and suddenly you'll spot a little surprise that you did not notice before, such as Jack the Fish, who, it turns out, has been in the Blue Room for a few years!

Why put crayons in a simple box when they can be in cute little jars on a two-tier server?

On the closet door: No ordinary bland bags, oh no!

Baskets, wooden bins, cute bowls corral tactile bits and pieces to dig into: shells, glass beads, and blocks, but of course, no ordinary blocks...