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Learning Centers

  1. 1. Learning centers “ Everything I ever really needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten.” Robert Fulghum
  2. 2. At the beginning of the year have fewer centers and keep them simple until children learn the routines.
  3. 3. “ Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” Robert Fulghum <ul><li>Establish predictable times on the schedule for centers so that children can anticipate when and for how long they can work. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach children predictable routines for working in centers. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach children procedures for getting, cleaning up and storing materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach children proper care and use of materials. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Use morning circle time or mini lessons to teach routines of using learning centers.
  5. 5. Think carefully about the materials you include in centers and keep them updated and suitable to monthly topic. <ul><li>Let’s go to school! </li></ul><ul><li>This is me! </li></ul><ul><li>Be my friend! </li></ul><ul><li>What a colorful world! </li></ul><ul><li>My sweet home. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s go to the zoo! </li></ul><ul><li>How’s the weather? </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping fun! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Let’s go to school!
  7. 7. Label materials in storage bins with pictures and words so that they are easy for children to get from shelves and return.
  8. 8. And more labeling
  9. 9. And more labeling
  10. 10. Establish a clear system for making choices and moving through centers and teach it to children.
  11. 11. Use planning board or choice chart for children to make choices of centers.
  12. 12. Three centers a day for a team of kids.
  13. 13. More charts…
  14. 14. Establish procedures for children and teachers to keep track of children’s choices.
  15. 15. Important tips <ul><li>Vary the materials in centers to keep children interested. </li></ul><ul><li>Observe children at work; if a center is not working well, talk with children and encourage them to help determine changes. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ensure that there is room in each center for 3 – 5 children (depending on the center).
  17. 17. How do we start? <ul><li>Introduce this activity by saying: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Let’s look at centers in action. In this activity, you will rotate through five centers, each designed to foster engaged, independent and collaborative learning of important literacy skills. ” </li></ul>
  18. 18. Center introduction. <ul><li>Tell participants where centers are located. </li></ul><ul><li>Put them on tables or set them up around the room. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell participants to count off to form five groups (one group at each center). </li></ul><ul><li>Use a timer so that each center time will last 10 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify with participants that this is a simulation (10 minutes is not an appropriate duration for centers and that you wouldn’t expect children to rotate through 5 in one work period). </li></ul><ul><li>Each time the timer goes off; the group cleans up and proceeds to the next center. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the rotation, tell participants to return to their seats. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Reading center Rules Take care of books. Bring book with a torn page to the teacher. Return book to correct place. Share books.
  20. 20. Reading center <ul><li>When you see me sitting in a chair “reading” to an imaginary audience, </li></ul><ul><li>Please don’t laugh and think I’m “just playing”. </li></ul><ul><li>For, you see, I’m learning as I play. </li></ul><ul><li>I may be a teacher someday. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Reading center
  22. 22. Listening center
  23. 23. Listening center
  24. 24. Writing center <ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Snap lids tightly on markers. </li></ul><ul><li>Close stamp pads. </li></ul><ul><li>Return things to their places. </li></ul><ul><li>Use only a dot of glue at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>Clean up scraps. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Writing center Write the room!
  26. 26. Writing center
  27. 27. Phonics
  28. 28. Phonics
  29. 29. Drama center <ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Take turns. </li></ul><ul><li>Hang up dress-ups when finished. </li></ul><ul><li>Take care of equipment. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave props at school. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t pretend to be a robber, bad guy, etc. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Drama center <ul><li>When I’m getting </li></ul><ul><li>All dressed up, </li></ul><ul><li>Setting the table, </li></ul><ul><li>Caring for the babies, </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get the idea </li></ul><ul><li>I’m “just playing”. </li></ul><ul><li>For, you see , </li></ul><ul><li>I’m learning as I play. </li></ul><ul><li>I may be a mother </li></ul><ul><li>Or a father someday. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Math center <ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Take turns. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t dump out everything at once, just take out the pieces you need one at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>Put back all game pieces. Put stray pieces in the lost and found tub. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Math center
  33. 33. Math center
  34. 35. Block center <ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>When your structure is as tall as your chin, please stop building. </li></ul><ul><li>Put away your own blocks carefully when you are finished. </li></ul><ul><li>Only knock down your own structures. </li></ul>
  35. 36. Block center <ul><li>When I am building in the block room, </li></ul><ul><li>Please don’t say I’m “just playing”. </li></ul><ul><li>For you see, I’m learning as I play, </li></ul><ul><li>About balance and shapes. </li></ul><ul><li>Who knows, I may be an architect someday. </li></ul>
  36. 37. Science center
  37. 38. Science center
  38. 39. Science center <ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Observe and explore carefully. </li></ul><ul><li>Take care of tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Return thing when you are finished. </li></ul><ul><li>Share what you have learned (e.g., orally, pictorially, written). </li></ul>
  39. 40. Science center <ul><li>When you see me combing the bushes for bugs, </li></ul><ul><li>Or packing my pockets with choice things I find, </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t pass it off as “just play”. </li></ul><ul><li>For you see, I’m learning as I play. </li></ul><ul><li>I may be a scientist someday. </li></ul>
  40. 41. Board games
  41. 42. Board games Dominoes.
  42. 43. Board games
  43. 44. Board games
  44. 45. Board games
  45. 46. Sand and water center
  46. 47. Sand and water center
  47. 48. Music center
  48. 49. Music center
  49. 50. Art center <ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Wear a paint shirt. </li></ul><ul><li>Write your name on your paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Mix paints only in tray. </li></ul><ul><li>Hang up paintings to dry. </li></ul><ul><li>Wipe up spills. </li></ul>
  50. 51. Art center <ul><li>When you see me up to my elbows in paint </li></ul><ul><li>Or standing at an easel, </li></ul><ul><li>Or molding and shaping clay, </li></ul><ul><li>Please don’t let me hear you say, </li></ul><ul><li>“ He is just playing”. </li></ul><ul><li>For, you see, I’m learning as I play. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m expressing myself and being creative. </li></ul><ul><li>I may be an artist or an inventor someday. </li></ul>
  51. 52. Art center
  52. 53. Art center