Happy Tuesday! I had every intention of writhing this post yesterday…but the first day back from a 2 week fall break did me in. I came home and sat in the recliner and didn’t move. It was actually quite nice! But I’m back and full of energy today!
One of the most frequent questions I get is about my centers and how I run them. So I want to answer a few questions and hopefully give you some ideas.
I started using this system during my 2nd year in kindergarten and have never looked back. It works so well for us and keeps things running as smoothly as they can in kindergarten! If you were to come in to the classroom during center time, you would see a lot of movement, you would see ‘staches everywhere doing all sorts of activities and you would hear noise. I don’t expect centers to be silent or still. I like the organized chaos because it means we’re hard at work and growing our brains!
It all starts with my groups. I have 4 center groups that are formed using out DIBELS data and my classroom assessment data. These center groups are students who need to work on similar skills such as beginning sounds, CVC words or sight words. These are not based on reading levels. My groups are color coded so I have the pink group, purple group, green group and blue group. Students names are written on Post-It Notes in the color of their group. These are displayed in our center area.
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