What is the one question I get asked more than any other? How do you set up centers for kindergarten? (or any grade!) Center management can be frustrating and overwhelming. It took me years to figure out a system that worked. And while it’s not perfect, it works well and is always beint tweaked!
Center Management For Kindergarten
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 small 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!
Choices In Centers
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 for center management:
Introducing And Teaching Center Activities And Games
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!
Also, I do not collect or grade the recording sheets. I am monitoring their work between groups, etc. The groups are differentiated to the point to where they students can be 95% successful as they work! When they finish a recording sheet, it goes in their cubby and goes home!
For more details on centers, check out these posts:
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