Garden Classroom Management Tips

Here, you will find our schedule, rules, jobs, classroom responsibilities, important how to’s and more!

Our Schedule:

7:30-9:15 Free time, Open imaginative play, Invitations 

9:15-9:25 Clean up 

9:25-9:30 Gross Motor Body Movement  

9:30-9:40 Morning Meeting

Talk about the date (number recognition), how we are feeling (feelings chart), current weather, 1 minute Meditation Breathe, days of the week song

9:40-9:45 Transition to hand washing 

9:45-10:15 Breakfast 

10:15-10:25 Pack up/Transition Outside 

10:25-10:45 Literacy/Math 

10:45-11:40 Outside Play 

11:15-11:40 Project Time 

11:40-11:50 Transition Activity/game for Hand Wash to Lunch 

11:50-12:25 Lunch 

12:25-12:35 Pack up, Potty, Wash hands quiet book/journal time/fine motor 

12:35-12:50 Story Time before nap 

1:00-2:30 NAP/Quiet time- 


Transition activities ex:

Hippity Hopity how many – Rhyming first or last name – If you are wearing this color, If you have these letters in your name go wash your hands etc. 

Clean-up Songs:

Gross Body Movement Song:

Days of the week song:

(we don’t normally repeat the intro)

Months of the year song:

Our Rules:

-Be Kind-

-First time listening ears-

-Use inside voices and walking feet-

-Raise your hand during circle time, meal time and project time-

-Sharing is caring-

-Ask, “How many minutes when you want to use or play with something someone else is using.”-

-Use Kind words-

-Clean up and put away everything after you are finished with the materials-

-Make mistakes, it is proof you are trying-

-Teamwork makes the dream work-

-Treat others the way you want to be treated-

-You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit-

-Respect each other and the classroom materials-

-Be silly, have fun and try your hardest-


  1. We give a head up 5 minutes before clean up time by ringing the bell and getting everyone’s attention.

2) Once we ring the bell, we tell them it is time to stop what you are doing put unfinished art into art boxes. We annouce the goal, which depends on how much time we need. We tell them, “If we can finish before the first song is over you will recieve two kind kid hearts. Or one if the classroom isnt that messy. Announce if there is a mystery item to find. If a child put aways away the myster item they get a special task (something like breakfast helper or line leader)

3) We put on one or two clean up songs. Move around the room asking friends to encourage to keep cleaning.

4) For friends who are having a hard time helping, we give them special cleaning tasks or specific things to clean up, such as “search and rescue” something specific.

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