I got a lot done this morning in the classroom! My storage closet, which is in another room of the church where my preschool is located, is completely full -- only leaving room to walk in and out. Although, I must say, even though it is full, it is neat and organized! All of my cupboards in the classroom are full -- including the cupboard I've designated for Montessori material storage.
Here's a picture of my Montessori materials storage cupboard. My phone camera lens must need to be cleaned, because all of the pictures I took with it today are kind of foggy looking.
Here is a list of the Montessori materials I have so far:
* lots of baskets in many shapes and sizes
* lots of trays: glass, plastic, wicker and even some really neat seasonally shaped small glass trays (leaves, apples)
* practical life items: creamers, bowls, spoons, tongs, 2 tea sets, small items to transfer, sort, etc., hand-made dressing frames
* set of cylinder blocks
* land/water globe
* sand paper lower case letters
* sand paper double letters
* sand paper numbers
* red rods
* number rods with numbers
* geometric cabinet and display tray
* hand made sand paper touch tablets
* pink tower
* brown stair
* insets for design
* geometric solids with bases
* land and water form trays
* various other items that I have made myself
I still need to purchase quite a few more Montessori materials for my classroom. But, I have what I need to get the year started.
Like I said, a lot of what I have been doing is putting stuff away. My initial goal is for all of my shelving units to be empty and then I will work on putting out the children's work for the beginning of the year. In accordance with Maria Montessori, I will begin the year with mostly items that would be considered toys, and then add the Montessori materials to the shelves as I give lessons on their proper use.
I did take a few pictures of the part of my classroom that I have managed to de-clutter the most. There is still some stuff laying around, but it is considerably better than when I left last week.
|Circle Time and shelves for math materials|
|Circle Time, shelves for science materials, book shelf, and language materials shelf|
|Geography & Culture materials shelf and 2 tables for independent work|
|Language materials area with table for lesson presentation and work|
The remainder of the room is taken up by areas for practical life, art, and sensorial work. I will post pictures of these areas as they become more de-cluttered. Oh, and of course, I still have the gross motor area with the slide and monkey bars located in the back of the classroom. Since we do not have an outdoor playground, this area gets a lot of use by the children!
As you may have figured out from previous posts, I frequent thrift stores on a regular basis looking for materials I can use in my classroom. One of the neatest finds I have had recently is a brand new, in the box, beautiful porcelain tea set! I can't wait to put this out in the practical life area for the children to use!
Here is a picture: