With kids constantly running in and out and the daily distractions of supervising numerous children at one time, it can often be difficult for Kindergarten teachers to find time to tidy their classrooms. Because of this rooms can often become cluttered and disorganization. Despite this there are many simple ways for teachers to clean up their rooms without interfering with their day or making any disrupting changes to their teaching schedule. These are some tips to help out:
If possible invest in cubbies for children to store their belongings in. While these may cost some money, they can also save quite a bit of space, while also organizing the items by child. Small cubbies for artwork and pencils are useful, as well as larger storage areas for jackets and other access clothing. While a room may seem large enough in September, by the time winter comes around, each child will also be lugging with them a large coat, which can make a room begin to look very clustered and over-filled. If this is not possible then look into buying colorful storage containers. These are much cheaper and often times an easy solution to disorganization.
If possible try to avoid over-clutter. While some supplies may be very important and constantly needed such as scissors, paper, and of course crayons, they can also get in the way. Try storing these supplies in an extra closet instead of on tables or visible areas. If you don’t have available closets then try creating a “storage box” for these extra items. If you would like an extra project you can have children design or color their own boxes to keep their items in. This will also encourage them to put their supplies back when they are finished with them instead of just leaving them lying around the room.
Hanging children’s art work may help to create a brighter environment and also teach them to be proud of their drawing and writing skills, but sometimes too many papers can make a classroom wall seem over crowded. Try something creative in place of just coloring papers. For example have the children each design small paper dragon flies using clothing pins and tissue paper. These can then be hung from the ceiling to brighten the room, while still leaving available wall space for things such as calendars and birthday charts.
Cork-board can also be a very important addition for tidying every classroom. These can be used to display reminders as well as parent notices, such as field trip dates and upcoming events. This will help to keep the parents on the same schedule while containing everything within a manageable space.
Small dry-erase or magnetic boards can also be set up for each child. These can be used by either the teacher or parents to write short encouraging messages for the child to read during their day. These should also contain a small clip which can be used to attach their assignments and projects to, as to prevent losing them amidst other papers. This will help the child learn to keep track of their items as well as help parents to feel involved in their child’s school day.
While this may not be possible for every situation, opening windows or blinds can also have a large effect on a learning environment. This may not help the room to appear any neater, but it will help the space to feel larger and more airy. This will also help to reduce the cramped feeling that can come with some smaller rooms, as well let in day light to create a more spacious atmosphere.