The entry level area is generally for our younger children but also for any child that is not quite ready to move into our preschool program. Toy shelves separate the play area from the front door to create a safe-entry space where children cannot go out the door unnoticed. This entry level area has two large front windows that extend nearly to the floor so the children can easily see out. We built a protective frame of Plexiglas in front of the lower half of the window for safety. There is a six foot table for eating and activities such as painting or arts and crafts. The table folds into a cabinet against the wall when not in use to open up more space for play. The diapering area is centrally located but completely inaccessible to the children unless accompanied by an adult.
There is a book case which can hold up to a dozen books at a time. The front covers of the books are displayed to make the books more inviting to the children and the books are rotated regularly. All books are easy for the children to reach on their own and they have a small sofa just their size to sit on and read. The children have a large Little Tikes kitchen with dishes, pot and pans and sound effects for cooking. Large building blocks are available at all times and toys on the shelves are rotated to stimulate interest.
The Entry Level area has a homey feel with a full size love seat that the teacher and children can sit on together. A large multi-level cage is where two of our rabbits, Cinnamon and Licorice, live in this classroom.
Mounted on the wall we have a monitor for occasional viewing of a video. Except for special occasions such as holidays, videos are usually educational or present a moral concept. NO television is watched at any time. Our videos include, Sesame Street, Dragon Tales, Signing Time, We Sign, Mommy Teach Me Spanish, Barney, Winnie the Pooh, Baby Mozart, Baby Van Gogh, Baby Doolittle, The Letter Factory series, and others.