When your preschool students walk into your classroom what do they see? Try standing on your knees at the door of your classroom and see if your classroom looks inviting, warm, clean, fun, and organized or does your classroom look cluttered, dirty, and chaotic.

Here are some important reasons for keeping your classroom clean:

Health: A clean classroom helps children stay healthy and fights against the spread of germs. A dirty classroom leads to illness and fussy children.

Care: A clean classroom tells your students that you care about their classroom and teaches them to care too. A dirty classroom leads to laziness and a lack of concern for the classroom environment, toys, and equipment.

Mood: A clean classroom simply makes everyone feel better which leads to more positive experience. A dirty classroom leaves everyone feeling frustrated and unhappy.

Impression: A clean classroom makes a good impression about you as a professional. A dirty classroom gives the impression that you may be nice but not very professional.

Here are some important reasons for keeping your classroom organized:

Independence: An organized environment helps children to be more independent. When they know where things belong, they are more able to do things all by themselves.

Behavior: An organized environment helps keep expectations about where to play, rest, put papers away, eat, and so forth which leads to more positive student behavior.

Attention: An organized environment helps teachers spend more time on their students rather than worrying over where things are and where things belong.

Education: An organized environment creates greater opportunities for student learning.

By Deborah J. Stewart M.Ed., Published by IPC Press, a division of IPC. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted any any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publishers. Opinions and views expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of IPC. © 2010 IPC Press