grade r-classroom layout

Children have a natural desire to explore their world. A stimulating environment will enable spontaneous and safe discovery.

fantasy area

A fantasy corner is where children are free to express their conception of the everyday world or how they wish or imagine it to be. The activities provide opportunities for enjoyment and self expression through the enactment of different roles. Pretend play allows children to experiment with and learn about the power of language, how it affects us and those around us. It also helps them to understand that words give us the means to re-enact situations. Ideas include a hospital, post office, kitchen, and tea – party. This area is changed regularly to keep the children’s interest and to widen their exposure.


reading area

Excellent reading habits begin in the early years. Introducing children to literature in preschool supports skills that will be developed in the next grade. A reading corner promotes early literacy and supports a love of language and reading. A preschool library corner is a distinct area of the classroom with a variety of board books, picture books, early readers and comfortable seating. A preschool library corner promotes critical thinking skills and enhances creative and social development. A reading space can help build literacy skills such as sentence structure, punctuation and grammar. This is because, when books are readily available to use, students may be more likely to pick them up and read them, which is fantastic for developing important skills in reading and writing. In Grade R, learners start by making up their own stories by looking at picture books, they also recognize single words associated with pictures. This forms the basis for more complex reading skills that are developed in the next grade.


writing area

Children’s experiences with writing and creating texts are an important avenue for self-expression in early childhood. Writing experiences provide endless opportunities for developing children’s artistic, as well as written expression. The activities provided in such an area should help develop pre-writing skills and more. 

Benefits of the Writing Area:


  • Develop pre-writing and drawing skills by using a wide variety of tools
  • Use increasingly complex and varied vocabulary, grammar and syntax in conversations and storytelling by communicating their ideas through drawing and through print
  • Notice and discriminate sounds of language (rhyme, alliteration, etc.) and that letters have distinct sounds associated with them (such as beginning and/or ending sounds)
  • Recognize and identify letters of the alphabet in print, environment and/or own name.
  • Demonstrate increased emergent writing skills such as random marks, controlled scribbles, basic shapes, letter-like marks or letters to represent words, stories, ideas, experiences or objects.
  • Associate print with reading.
  • Build grasp and release skills, scissor skills and ability to use thumb//forefinger in pincer grasp by using a variety of tools and materials
  • Practice left to right progression in reading.

Develop eye-hand coordination 

creative art area

Art plays an important role in child development than you might think. Artistic activities help children learn other subjects such as reading and math. It also promotes visual, motor and social development. Using art as a vehicle for expression is enriching because children can use it as a communication tool. Different types of art can reveal children’s thoughts, feelings, and interests. Art is important because it encompasses all the developmental domains in child development. Art lends itself to physical development and the enhancement of fine and gross motor skills. Children learn about themselves and others through art activities. It really helps to build self-esteem. 



What are they learning? Building with blocks provides one of the most valuable learning experiences available for young children. Block play stimulates learning in all domains of development, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional and language. Block play encourages imaginative and creative play, especially in preschool. Blocks help children learn to take turns and share materials, develop new friendships, become self-reliant, increase attention span, cooperate with others, and develop self-esteem. Block play requires fine and gross motor skills.


  • Motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Language skills
  • A capacity for creative, divergent thinking
  • Social competence
  • Engineering skills