Kindergarten is a place where kids begin to learn in a formal environment. It’s a classroom, but there are certain degrees of separation between kindy and school. This is thanks to kindergartens being places of “play-based learning” (QLD Government Kindergarten). Here are four items you’ll find in kindy’s that mix learning and playtime.
Everyone needs a place to put their things. As an adult or a teenager, the typical place is a locker. In kindy, though, cubby holes are the norm. Cubby holes are shelves, designed so there are individual “box spaces”. These boxes are where the children can place their belongings.
Staff at the kindy use cubbies for storage around the classroom. Items like stationary and toys get placed in baskets, then slotted into the cubby hole. This is good for keeping the floor tidy and reducing trip hazards.
Desks and chairs
Kids need a place to sit, read, write and more. The desks come in many shapes; kidney, round, square. Wood is a popular material because it lasts longer than plastic. To make the general classroom environment more welcoming, the kindy might choose furniture with fun patterns and colours.
Wooden play houses
Getting the kids active both physically and mentally is important. Wooden play houses, or cubby houses, were made for this reason. They make children use their imagination and get moving. If one house is built as a kitchen, the kids might pretend to own a working restaurant, complete with chefs and waiters.
Wooden playhouses are built around any real-life structure. Kitchens are certainly popular, but other options include banks, woodland cottages and even hospitals.
Building blocks are another item commonly found in kindergartens. They’re good for both interactive play and learning. Teachers can use them for basic counting and mathematics. During play time, children can unleash their inner architect and build a miniature tower. They can concentrate and do this themselves or team up with their classmates to build a town.