Things to Prep or Purchase Prior to Set UpBelow are pictures of items that I purchased prior to school starting. I purchased these items ahead of time because they always arrived late if they were ordered by the school. It was important for me to have the classroom set up prior to open house. I also wanted them laminated so the materials would last more than one year. I adore the Carson Dellosa woodland theme, because it was appropriate for my preschool or kindergarten classroom and would work for the entire year. *I included the affiliate picks below for your convenience. However, you can choose the theme that works for you! You can also find these items at Lakeshore Learning and Craft Stores.
- First, laminate the calendar for durability.
- Next, tape the library cards to the calendar to represent the days of the week. You may want to laminate these as well.
- Next, cut the sticks to fit in the library pockets and add number stickers
- Finally, laminate other materials you want to include in the area
Classroom Set Up
Now that your prep is done, you can enter the classroom ready and focused to work. In our previous post Setting up Your Calendar Area for Success we look at calendar placement in your classroom and how to incorporate it into your morning routine.
To save time and prevent errors, set up your calendar area on the floor below your area to begin. My pet peeve is stapling things to the board and then spending time moving everything around after I find out there is no room left.
After you have determined placement of the materials, measure out how much paper you will need to staple to the board. Fabric is an option as well. I always leave a little extra paper, just in case I decide to add something last minute.
Finally, add the calendar and other materials to the board.
This process should be pretty quick. You have more to do, but having this important focal point done will free you up to finish other important back to school prep.
Check back over the next few week for more back to school prep and classroom set up tips and freebies!
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