We are up and ready for the school year 2012-2013. Playschool re-opens on August 13th and I can’t believe how time flies. This summer was a relatively hot one and even though I am Jamaican I cannot stand the heat…go figure. Anyways my own children had fun with play dates, dancing, swimming and I had fun planning for the school year, cleaning house, painting the house and oh just plain old caring for my own kids. My husband had no fun as he worked all summer and had to help me with the ongoing fixing up of the house. With that said the daycare is up and ready and fully functional.
First, we took out all the furniture’s, books, toys….you name it from the main room and then vacuumed and steam clean the carpet. Yes, my loving husband got down on hand and knees to make this place spotless. It took us two days to get this done removing the stains (yes children will create lots of stains on carpets), drying out and then vacuuming one last time.
We then arranged the daycare in stations so that the children will know where what belongs and most importantly to avoid distraction and to get our preschoolers ready for Kindergarten. We now have a science area, circle time area, reading corner, baby area, music area, area for manipulative, train and car station, the dress up room remains unchanged and we have more bookcases that children can reach their books. I still have to store lots of things (I am still a sucker for anything kids so I have too many toys to display at once)… solution rotate the toys. The kids will not get bored as every morning they would have new rotated toys.
Hip Hip Hooray and we are ready for school.
Look at our journey this summer 🙂
Did not alter the Dramatic Play area as you can see
Our reading nook
Circle Time Area completed. Last school year I used a bell and songs to open circle time. This year I added the chime for transition into clean up when songs no longer work 🙂 ….got to have all the strategies ready
I took the books out and now have the sensory bin that I have manipulative and tactile in to rotate. I keep a lot of puzzles here so I can readily rotate them too
Our little Science area…meet Sebastian the hermit crab and our fish Dori
The children always love when we discuss our planets.
We will change this area around depending on the ages of the babies (other baby furnitures are in storage…jumperoo, swing, glider, tummy time mats, rocker…and many other things)
I just love this wall. The children art beautifully adorn this area to showcase their creativity
My kids in their pajamas helping out. We redid the daycare …night and day
This is our Teachers area…got to have all our resources handy
Circle Time Area coming together
Rest thy weary legs
What it looked like before
Looks like a mess but this was progress 🙂
Trying to figure out what goes where?
Starting to put back furniture’s in
Seriously Clean. He did a great job. I did tell him of course..got to feed his ego
Looks spotless already. The fireplace is surrounded with glass but I use the black board to cover it for added safety.
Yep! They always think they are helping. OMG!!!!!!
Husband on hand and knees cleaning all the stains 🙂
All the toys are stacked in the dramatic play room to make the bigger room spotlessly clean
I love children and I admit, I can not drive pass a garage sale or any sale when I see children stuff. It did not take long for me to have many items in the daycare. I, however, needed to calm things down and not give the children everything at once. My ideal daycare would be a white room with nothing on the walls. Children would have what they needed for the day and I would rotate toys daily. Seeing I don’t have the space for that. I have to store things in all areas of the daycare until I get the square footage to have less in one space.