Welcome to my in home preschool. I am so happy to show you around. At the end I’ll send you off to some more amazing classrooms and spaces too.
I am a former preschool classroom teacher and administrator of 10 years turned to a work at home preschool teacher, and I’ve been teaching from my home for three and a half years. I took the leap to my home once my second child was born. If you’ve been thinking of starting your own in home preschool program or daycare, here is some fantastic information about how to open your own program!
My program started as a full time child care program with children from infancy to five and has become a four day preschool program with kiddos who are three to five-years-old. I have a classroom that is used exclusively for preschool and homeschooling my kindergartener, which is a living room that is tucked at the back of our home in Colorado.
My In-Home Preschool Classroom
You’ll notice that I blend multiple learning domains into all of the main learning centers. There are math and science activities in home living, literacy in block area, and even dramatic play in our outdoor play area. I also use several different philosophies in my teaching and environment: traditional, Montessori, Reggio, and I’ve starting adopting some Waldorf as well. Every child in my program has a different learning style, so I love to incorporate and personalize many of our activities and centers to help each one succeed.
My in home preschool classroom is loaded with items that are small enough to be choking hazards. Close supervision is provided as well as consideration of each child’s oral sensory needs.
Dramatic Play Area
The largest area that we have is home living. It has our typical dramatic play elements as well as a dollhouse, practical living items, sensory items, and lots of math items that I never intended on being in here. For the longest time, I kept finding items that a child had brought from another area. There were counting bear cookies, stacking cups for tea parties (in addition to the intended cups, bowls, etc.), sensory bottles for cocktails (virgin of course), and more. I decided that if the class wanted those items in this area so desperately, I would just permanently move them there. This is one of our tea parties. And for the record, we don’t always have China in here!
For the longest time, our dramatic play area was crazy out of control. The clothes, costumes, hats, shoes, accessories were out of place all the time. I found a wardrobe from IKEA, and it has been my best home living purchase ever! Now my class has a space for it that has some sort of organizational flow, and the older students are already awesome at hanging the outfits up!
Preschool Writing Center
One of my favorite areas is the writing center. It is well loved. How many teachers can say that their class will draw for hours? This center is so unique because I’ve never had so many children so immersed in writing skills. It’s all been child-led too.
While I am gushing about this center, I will add that it is the absolute messiest! They come and ferociously interact with the pencil, tousle the paper, then walk off beaming. When I say to go clean it up and get it ready for the next friend who will be going there, they look at me as though I’m an alien, ha.
Science and Math Area
Here is where I keep some extra math and science items. We love watering plants indoors (and outdoors), so I’m always thrilled to have live plants around…even if they sometimes don’t live very long. If you are wondering what the blue and red striped rods are, those are Montessori number rods, which I absolutely can’t live without anymore.
The table that we use for our meals becomes a multi-use area during our play times. Whether it’s art, sensory play, table toys, fine motor practice, etc. it will find a purpose to serve. I especially love the special occasions such as birthday celebrations.
This day it is serving as a resting place for dozen of coffee filters with watercolors. Talk about a dream activity!
Preschool Library and Quiet Area
This is our reading area. I love having books, sensory bottles, name rocks, puppets, and busy beads here. They are all objects that are favorites, and the versatility draws in lots of children who might otherwise not be as interested in it. You can read all about how we made our class button rainbow collage.
We also love our calm down jars. I think they are a must-have. I have a tutorial on 6 ways to make a calm down jar.
Preschool Block Center
I feel that no block area is complete without items with wheels, so there is a train set in the orange basket and some super sturdy cars we found at IKEA (on the upper shelf, far right). The multicolored basket on the upper shelf has magnets to construct with, and to the left of that is our container of glass beads. Castles here are never complete without the finishing touches of glass beads. We also love to build marble towers in this area.
Did you happen to notice what is on the wall? It’s four of our sandpaper letters, and they have worked perfectly here, especially when we talk about them during circle time. I love having them available on this wall all day and adding an extra literacy element in block area. My father-in-law made customized frames for them so that my class can come trace them whenever their heart desires. I know it may seem a bit bizarre, but it definitely works for us.
Preschool Play Space Outside
How about a look outside? A huge part of my teaching philosophy involves spending lots of time outdoors. In the summer and fall, we really get to take advantage of this.
We enjoy taking many activities outside. From circle time, to science, fine motor practice, sensory play, home living, and more. And of course mirrors are great here too.
Dandelion soup anyone?
I’ve been saving one of the best parts for last, so I hope you love it too. One of the most unique aspects about my program is our class greenhouse! It’s truly incredible to plant a seed and to have growth appear after only a couple of days. We also love our morning snack of tomatoes, peas, strawberries, or even peppermint. Sometimes we just walk in and smell the lavender. Our class greenhouse is truly the icing on the cake in my book.
Thank you so much for taking the grand tour! Have I inspired you to start your own school in your home? Here are is how you can start!
Are you ready to see more inspiring spaces? I encourage you to visit my friends below by clicking on the provided links!
Classroom Tour Blog Hop Environments:
Jamie at Play to Learn Preschool
Darla at The Preschool Toolbox
Sheryl at Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Amy at Child Central Station
Mary Catherine at Fun-A-Day
Deborah at Teach Preschool
My friend Sarah has also written a great post about making a learning environment when you don’t have space for a classroom in your home at Stay at Home Educator.