Your classroom is the space where you grow little minds and hearts into the people they will someday become… but that space is limited and you have to make it count. Small rooms mean you have to make all your preschool furniture work for you in both form and function. These 3 must-have pieces are whimsical and wonderful, perfect for making the most out of every inch of your classroom haven.
Daycare and Preschool Furniture
When thinking of purchasing activity tables for preschool classrooms, first consider the use. Sturdy construction, combined with durable materials such as those found in Worthington Direct’s selection, is of particular importance in classrooms where furniture may see a lot of unconventional use. In early childhood classrooms following best practices, large groups of children rarely sit around a single table.
Drop-Side Rails and 2011 CPSC Safety Regulations
Prior to June 2011, drop-side baby cribs were widely and legally used throughout the United States. They were useful and convenient, because they allowed one side of the crib to drop. Caregivers could then easily place or lift the infant in and out of the crib. The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) released a statement in May 2010 reporting 32 fatalities due to drop-side rails over a nine-year period due to faulty clips and hardware that allowed the rail to slip trapping the child’s head. In June of 2011, new regulations on crib safety were put in place. These regulations pertained to banning drop-side rails, as well as a demand for increased durability of mattress supports and hardware in order to prove compliance.
STEM education (STEAM) is one of the current buzzwords in all levels of education. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math are the topics included in the acronym STEAM. Lessons or activities need not encompass all five areas at once.
A Classroom Garden and Science Lab is one way to include developmentally appropriate hours of learning and fun in a preschool or kindergarten classroom. This sturdy center in a cart, a six piece set, includes an Eco Lab, Garden Lab and more. The pieces can be added or subtracted depending on how you are using the center. Hands-on learning is necessary to any preschool or kindergarten curriculum. With gardening activities, students learn about plants, estimation, graphing, foods, nutrition, cooperation, ecology, and so much more.