Case in point:
I have been having a wee bit of trouble with my class. Some of them flit from activity to activity more than I would like them to, and they sometimes seem to have trouble finding and focussing on something that really interests them. I do feel this problem can frequently present itself when dealing with young children at the beginning of their school careers, especially when they are given all the options of a new classroom. That's why I usually begin each school year with my classroom looking a bit sparse. I add activities and works as the children settle into the school routine. It seems however, I may have added in too much too soon, so this weekend I am cleaning out and reorganizing. I am putting away some of the more specific work items, and instead leaving out more open ended items such as blocks. I hope that in limiting some of the options, I will encourage the children to use some of what is out, more imaginatively.
I am also replacing the small tables that are in various locations around the room, with one large table set up. I hope that in doing this, our snack can become more of a family meal atmosphere. Previously the children sat on the floor. That worked out fairly well, except at least one child knocked over his or her glass of water, every day. Then in order to clean it up, that child had to step over everyone else - trying not to spill others' waters - to get a towel. I do teach the children how to mop up spilled water, so when they do spill, I ask them to take care of it (well, most of it anyway) by themselves. But if they are spilling more water along the way, that doesn't work out so well.
Please look at these pictures of my current classroom set up, and tell me what you think. Have you had this "flitting about" problem with your children or students? What did you do? I am very open to any and all ideas! Thank you!
|open plan house area|
|small writing nook|
|large sitting area|