- Child size potty and hand washing sinks that utilize automatic faucets, soap and paper towel dispensers.
Above: Our arrival area has a bench for taking of shoes, and children's art display. Each child has their own cubby to the left of the bench that is not pictured. Below: We work to build a school family connection through families sharing photos of their adventures outside the classroom, it also creates amazing opportunities to practice language and memory skills.
We use visuals and hands on materials when possible so kids understand expectations and routines. Above: These items help kids feel save by setting clear expectations the kids can see and experience. The tree is our safe keeper ritual where each classroom member promises to be safe. The heart is our well wishing board we use for wishing missing friends well. Both these tools are physically passed around the circle and managed by one student as a job, which promotes engagement and ownership. The step chart and pictures represent how to be "safe" in our classroom and steps for managing our emotions. Below: this is our safe space kids can utilize when they are needing a break or tools to manage big emotions.
Above: This chart allows kids to make a commitment to a classroom rule or skill we are working towards, and offers an opportunity to "check in" on the commitment and reflect on progress. Below: Our visual schedule for kids to utilize and understand what is going to happen next in there day.
Above: This is how we represent what colors kids sit at during circle time activities. The pictures cards are removable and are also used for center time to limit the number of kids in one area at time. Below: Each center has a number card for kids to place their picture cards when they choose that spot to play. We ensure that there are always more spaces open then children in attendance to ensure freedom of movement and choice while managing the chaos.