While setting up, we chatted about how many different ways that we have set the room up. We are happy with the new set up and additions in the room, but also know that as we meet our new children and see the way they flow through the space...we will likely make changes!
We have a few goals for the year:
Continue to improve our environment (by capitalizing on the natural light in the classroom and adding new elements like mirrors). Mirrors are fascinating for children to play with and explore. We are excited to see what the children do, see, reflect, and imagine in front of their new space.
As a team we are really hoping to continue on our documentation of learning pathway as well. We have chatted about the ways that we envision documenting children's learning, how we will organize it, how we will display it, and how we hope that it inspires the children. It is so great to have the JK's portfolios available at the beginning of the year. We also put out some of the documentation from last year for the children to explore.
We have put the documentation in our book nook area this year as we feel it will be more comfortably accessed by children, families, and visitors in the room.
Finally, we want to continue to bring natural and found materials into the classroom to enhance play. Last year we added coffee tins to building and instantly the children found multiple ways to use them! We have connected our nature and building areas this year to encourage the children to use the found materials more readily in their building as well.