Centers. Stations. Literacy Centers. Learning Centers. Math Stations. Whatever you call them, I love, love, LOVE them! I love the independence they can give a child. I love the small group setting that I get to have with the kiddos during centers. I love the imagination the kids get to use during centers. I love it all. So, I want to do a series of blog posts dedicated to my favorite teaching method: CENTERS! :)
So, I'll start with my afternoon learning centers. I store all my center materials in cereal boxes with labels on them. All the supplies fit nicely inside, and I asked my art teacher (she also helps me for Kinder Resource each morning for an hour) to make some fancy labels, because if you know anything about me... you know that I am NOT an artist. My students even laugh sometimes at my pathetic attempt to draw things.
I have 8 afternoon learning centers:
1. LISTENING. The kids get to listen to the book on CD (or tape). After reading the story, they get the magnet letters out and spell words in the book. There is a left over metal shelf from a cabinet unit that I didn't need, and it fits nicely behind my bench. The kids pull it out, and start sticking the letters on!
8. SURPRISE. No picture-again :) This is whatever I think the kids need to work on at that point. I've used nuts, bolts, and screws to work on fine motor. I've used playdough, letter tiles, stamps, etc.
How do I keep it all organized? The chart:
So, let me know how you do YOUR centers (or just tell me what you think of mine... because let's face it, I just love comments!), and stay tuned... next time ...
MATH STATIONS! :)