Every preschool classroom should have a cosy corner. A classroom full of 3- to 5-year-olds can be overwhelming for everyone, the children in particular. Create a corner where children can relax, decompress, calm down and recover from the sensory overload of the classroom. The corner also provides children who struggle to focus a quiet place to learn.
Choose a corner of the classroom that's away from the door and the busiest play areas.
Arrange bookshelves and other furniture so that the corner is blocked off. If possible, place the bookshelves on two sides, leaving a gap in between the shelves where children can come in and out. If you only have one shelf, arrange it on the busier side of the room.
Place books on the shelves so children can read and explore while they're in the corner. This shouldn't be the main bookshelf for the classroom, or other children will be coming in and out to retrieve books. Set up a few dozen books, including both storybooks and non-fiction. Rotate these books out every few weeks, replacing them with books from the main bookshelf or library.
Add quiet, non-messy activities to the bookshelves. Card games, colouring books and crayons, and magnet games are good choices.
Hang pictures and signs on the walls. Preschoolers may go to the cosy corner when they're feeling sad or angry, so hang pictures of children showing different emotions. When you come to talk to the upset child, you can help him identify his feelings by using the pictures. Hang other posters showing nature scenes, animals and the letters of the alphabet.
Cover the floor with comfortable items, such as a fluffy rug, bean bag chair, pillows and blankets. Arrange some stuffed animals on the blankets to comfort upset children.