We have two classrooms shaped like giant yurts. We call them pods. As you walk into our first pod you will see our block area:
Now walk over with me to the second pod:
And here you will find our dramatic play area:
Which flows through to the dress ups area:
A construction mat:
A lounge area for chilling out:
And a second reading space / chill zone / spot to keep the children's journals:
Connecting our two pods is a covered veranda area. It is here that we eat, relax, cook, paint and play with all the messy stuff:
So there you have it: preschool at the start of the year. The space evolves over time as the children's play and interests evolve and as the group changes.
The children also mix things up and rearrange things day by day. The writing area gets moved to a box:
Every cushion in the joint gets moved to the journal area for a slumber party with friends:
As in any play-based program, this process of place-making is dynamic and ongoing, driven by the children and adults using the centre.