Maximizing Space

We use our hallway for writing lessons that allow children to be creative with natural materials.

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  1. I love your natural material invitations to create - I can imagine them really inspiring the children :-)

  2. Thank you. They do inspire them! I love natural materials and find them so beautiful. They are also very open-ended for children to think, problem solve, and create.

  3. Was thrilled to stumble upon your blog! Your classroom looks amazing and I love the transformations. Am wondering where you bought your round wooden boards for diplay. Do they turn?

  4. Hi Carolyn,

    Thank you for stoping by and for your kind words! Yes the round boards do turn around. They are "lazy susans" from Ikea.

  5. Hi Joanne,
    I just happened to stumble onto your blog the other day. I work with Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers who have very "traditional" classrooms. I have to say I'm going to send them this link to give them something to think about! It's so hard for them to make changes sometimes but I hope they'll feel inspired after seeing your pictures and reading your story. I love, love, love this!!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience and knowledge! :)

  6. Thanks so much April! I would be honoured if you would share our transformation with them!

  7. I was just wondering Joanne where do you find your wonderful materials and if you have any advice for an LTO (just started in January and have less than $50.00 left for class budget) on places to find economic resources. I noticed that you use a lot of recycled products which are certainly cost effective. Did you have to plan ahead to collect many of your resources during the summer months? Your advice would be greatly appreciated:)

    1. Great Question!!

      Send a letter home that you wish to collect "Beautiful Stuff" for the classroom. Explain to parents that "Beautiful Stuff" are found materials around their home, in the recycling, and from the natural world.

      I also suggest that you save as many things from your own home as possible. I even asked my friends and family to save things for me (especially if they work in retail and throw a lot out). The summer is good, but there is no time like the present to begin!!

      If you follow these steps, you will have plenty of materials in no time!

      Good luck!!