We are getting things done at school.
And by that, I mean we are starting to get into a bit of a routine! Yeehaw!!!
Yesterday marked our first official day of Centers. It went great and the kids were super engaged and I never even had to open the music box. It was just the right amount of noise.
In order to have Centers run smoothy, I introduced one center a day and we all did that center. All of us. The whole group.
Because I have a ton of kids, I needed to introduce EIGHT centers before I could really start centers the normal way.
So this is what we’ve been up to the last eight days in our class . . . although, this could be the longest post in the history of the world if I went into all eight centers so I’m going to blog about two centers each day until you’re all caught up. Unless one is super easy to explain, and then maybe I’ll talk about three centers in one post.
Well . . . you never know, maybe I’ll talk about four centers in one day. I don’t like to have rules. I don’t like to be tied down.
So, let’s put it this way: Read on and let’s see when I decided to stop writing for today.
Here is our Center Chart . . . at the time, I hadn’t made any center group cards with student names because we weren’t ready to break off into groups yet. But I just slide a card of names (four names on a card) into the slot next to each number card. The numbers NEVER change. I just rotate the name cards.
Center 1: Play-doh Sight Words by Miss Kindergarten
I gave each kid a container of play-doh (you could also have kids share a container, but I didn’t want any issues whatsoever and now I have so much play-doh, it will last me
through the end of the year until Christmas until next Friday), I set a timer, and we just played with the play-doh. Oh, believe me, it was so much fun.
First grade is fun, don’t ya know.
When the timer went off, I passed out a sight word card to each child and demonstrated on my document camera how to fill in the sight word in play-doh. I had copied the SAME play-doh mat on the copier in black-and-white so that we could all see how to do this. I do it, you do it, I said.
My kids went nuts for this center (they do every year). Then I passed out various cards to each table group and let them have at it. But we were ALL doing Center 1 that day.
And we all became Center 1 experts.
We chanted and repeated and echoed the following phrase before I passed out any of the play-doh:
I learned it was an important step in explaining the directions from past experience.
Center 2: Pattern Blocks by Crayons and Whimsy
Our math curriculum comes with individual bags of pattern blocks for each student, plus I own a few sets of my own.
I gave each kiddo a baggie of pattern blocks, set a timer, and we played with the blocks until the timer went off.
Again, a ball was had by all. First grade is so much fun and all that.
I’m the best teacher ever and all that.
This is the best day ever and all that.
When the timer went off, I passed out a pattern block card to each child. I had copied the SAME pattern block card in black-and-white so that we all had the same card, and I modeled how to cover up the cards with pattern blocks. I do it, you do it, I said.
Once we got going, I passed out various pattern block cards to each table group and we had a ball, as I previously said.
A ball, I tell you!
We ALL did Center 2 that day.
And we ALL became Center 2 experts.
Okay, this is where I’m stopping for today.
Come back soon and let’s see what Center 3 and 4 are.
And maybe Center 5 . . .