I remember being a new teacher and waiting so anxiously to get into my new room! I tried to imagine what it would look like… the center areas, the little tables and chairs, the storage space, etc. How would I arrange my new room? What centers would I have? Would I have enough shelves and tables? Those were just a few of the hundreds of thoughts I had before I started school. I drew my layout on notebook paper late at night when I had new teacher jitters and on napkins as I waited for my food in restaurants.
The day had come, and after I saw my classroom, I had to reconfigure my arrangement based on the space, furniture, and other obstacles. I knew I had to have space to put down cots for nap time, I needed a small group table/teacher aide work space, I needed the tables to do double duty for activities and lunch time, I had to work around the built-in carpet, cubbies, teacher desk… the list went on and on!
My advice is to make a list of necessities and plan those areas first. Sometimes you will have to work around not having enough storage or tables, funky pieces of furniture that have to stay in your room, outlets in goofy places, etc. You will have to get creative! Also, it’s perfectly fine to redo your arrangement during the year and switch it up! I’ve always changed my arrangement at least once a year and I always want something different as a new school year begins. The classroom should be a happy and comforting place for students and teachers as well!
During college courses and internships, I learned about early childhood room arrangements. The shelves should be low, all materials on open shelves are for the students, everything labeled, plenty of walk space, etc. I took notes as I toured classrooms and poured over those cute teacher blogs! : ) But only from my own teaching experience, I truly learned the importance of classroom space and design.
Here are a few of my favorite classroom floor plan arrangements that I’ve had over the years. We might not have the same furniture or same amount of furniture but I hope it gives you at least a few ideas to work with. Happy planning!
Here of a few photos of some of my past classroom arrangement ideas! They are a mix of photos from different years. Enjoy!
Parent sign-in station…the back of this cabinet (which actually used to be the pretend center fridge) stored crayon buckets!
I’ve hope you’ve enjoyed my little room arrangements tour, and I hope you’ve found some useful ideas for your new or existing classroom! If you have any questions leave them in the comment section below. Happy planning and happy teaching! ~ Christian
Christian McQuary is a full time TpT Teacher-Author, educational blogger, and graphic designer! She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Thomas, and her (very spoiled!) golden retriever, Lucy. Her years of teaching Pre-K, combined with a life-long love of art, inspired her to create exciting classroom resources, unique early childhood games, and helpful organizational supplies! Check out more of Christian’s ideas on her blog, Pre-K Tweets, TpT store, Facebook, and Pinterest!