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Classroom Layout Design during Pandemic

  • 1.  Classroom Layout Design during Pandemic

    Posted 26 days ago
    I am currently working on redesigning our preschool classroom layout to meet the new guidelines and I am finding it challenging. How do we create a layout that is still warm and welcoming, but accommodates the social distancing rule? Should the toys all be put away or is it okay to leave them out? Or are we to create individual toy boxes for each student?

    I welcome your suggestions/recommendations.

    Thank you.

    Jonathan Navarrete
    Preschool Director,
    Even Start Preschool- Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

    Jonathan Navarrete
    Preschool Director
    Even Start Preschool- Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach
    Laguna Beach, CA

  • 2.  RE: Classroom Layout Design during Pandemic

    Posted 25 days ago
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    Hello Jonathan,

    Ive been doing some research on what the preschools will look like post quarantine. In one of the schools in Hong Kong, and Denmark they created individual pouches for the children (ages 3-5+). For example they had pouches with writing material/ writing tools and then created pouches with activities. The schools had used plastic ziploc bags, but I much prefer using cloth and having the pouches labeled. In this way they can be sent home and washed by the parents. In the U.K. they are creating 'bubbles' ie small groups that will not be changed so they possibly have an easier way to work with resources within the group and ensure that all items are kept sterile. Another preschool had invested in child size white boards for each child. By extension, some settings will opt for child sized chalkboards, depending on your individual process.

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  • 3.  RE: Classroom Layout Design during Pandemic

    Posted 25 days ago
    Thank you for asking. I've been thinking about this, too.

    Whitsett NC

  • 4.  RE: Classroom Layout Design during Pandemic

    Posted 21 days ago
    Good morning. I am supporting some teachers in Massachusetts who have the same question. Is anyone aware of an article or video that provides some helpful solutions that I can share with them?

    Liza Leonard
    Early Childhood Specialist
    University of Florida
    Sarasota FL

  • 5.  RE: Classroom Layout Design during Pandemic

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hello everyone!  I was thinking about re-planning my classroom as well. I wonder if Community Playthings would have some good ideas?
    They are amazing space designers.

    Sallyann Jeffreys
    Lead Preschool Teacher/ lab instructor
    Northampton Community College Children's Centers
    Bethlehem PA