Spring cleaning can be an exciting and cleansing experience, but the cleanliness rarely lasts long, especially if you spring clean your classroom. Your students will inevitably make a mess or not put something back where it's supposed to be stored. However, cleaning your classroom isn't a lost cause. Here are a few tips you can use to keep your classroom clean all year long:
1. Incorporate Cleaning into Your Classroom Routine
If you’re not sure how to keep your classroom clean throughout the year, one of the best things you can do is incorporate classroom cleaning into your lesson plans and your class’ daily/weekly routine. Include a few classroom rules about cleaning up, and make sure children understand that they are expected to clean up after themselves before they leave a center or before they leave at the end of the day. Establishing cleanup time as part of your classroom routine will ultimately keep your classroom clean for much longer than the spring season.
2. Provide Practical Organization Tools
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3. Make Cleaning Fun for Students
You can encourage students to help you clean up the classroom by making cleaning fun for everyone involved. Turn on some upbeat music while children are cleaning up, or set a timer for five minutes and see if students can put everything back in its rightful place before time runs out. If children associate cleanup time with fun time, they’ll be much more likely to help you keep the classroom organized.
4. Organize Classroom Cleaning Events
Cleaning your classroom doesn’t have to be a project you tackle on your own or with just your students’ help. Coworkers and students’ parents are both great resources you can use to clean your classroom. Organize a classroom cleaning night with your coworkers a few times a year and tackle several classrooms at once. This is a great way to build up camaraderie in the workplace and get to know your coworkers a little better. You can also organize several classroom cleaning nights for parents. Helping you clean your classroom is a great way for parents to make a contribution to their children’s learning environment, especially for parents who can’t contribute financially.
5. Include Cleanup in Dramatic Play
You can also help preschoolers and kindergarteners understand the importance of cleaning up by incorporating housekeeping play items into your dramatic play center. The Junior Helper™ Broom Set, Cleaning Set, and 2-in-1 Vacuum Cleaner are all great educational toys that can help children learn how to sweep, dust, vacuum, and more.