Each center had academic skills that were embedded in the activities.
For example: The train tracks had sight words on them and everything in the home center was labeled.
First, let's look at a common full-day kindergarten schedule:
Next, add centers around your classroom.
Post the maximum number of students allowed at each center.
Here are some of my centers:
|Click the image to grab Boomer's Take-Home Book.|
My "Sentence Writing Center" includes pictures of nouns (on pink cards), verbs (on green cards), and more nouns (on blue cards) for the predicate. Students chose 1 card of each color to create their sentence.
Additional "helping words" were provided to help students complete their sentences.
This center was a favorite! I introduced it as a center after we created a few sentences together in a small group setting. You can grab all of the pieces needed plus the writing page template by clicking HERE
Last, change the centers slightly throughout the year.
~Change the store to a seasonal shop like a candy shop* in Feb. or a flower shop in May.
~Change the items at the Discovery Center with seasonal objects found in nature such as leaves, acorns, a bird nest, etc.
~Change the paints at the painting center to all secondary colors (green, purple, and orange) and put up a sign that says "We are using secondary colors this week."
*You can grab my FREE candy templates by clicking HERE.
Here is a list of my classroom centers:
Start with the centers you already have in place and add centers as you can.
I hope this helps keep "play" in your kindergarten day!