What is the one question I get asked more than any other? How do you set up centers for kindergarten? (or any grade!)
Some things you will see throughout this post and our center management system is: CHOICE! FREEDOM! CONTROL!
The key to our center management system is THE CENTER WHEEL!
The groups are NOT the same as my guided reading groups.
So, it’s time for centers. How do centers for kindergarten work?
1. Check the basket.
2. If you have work to finish, you must finish the work first.
3. If you don’t have work, check the wheel.
4. Get to work!
Check the wheel!
So our center choices are: Read To Self, Write The Room, Technology, Sensory Bin/Light Box and Tubs.
Give them control and the choice.
So what about math?
A few other tidbits of information…
THE PROCESS STAYS THE SAME. THE SKILLS AND CLIPART CHANGE BUT “THE HOW” IS THE SAME. THIS MEANS AFTER OCTOBER THE STUDENTS CAN GRAB A CENTER AND DO IT TOTALLY INDEPENDENTLY BECAUSE WE’VE LEARNED HOW TO DO ALL OF THE DIFFERENT CENTER ACTIVITIES! AGAIN, THIS KEEPS CENTERS TEACHER AND STUDENT FRIENDLY AND WE DON’T LOSE TIME EACH MONDAY EXPLAINING NEW CENTERS!
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