Sunday, June 16, 2013

Thinking about Centers

Summer vacation is not exactly the same for me as it is for most people.  For the past 8 years I have taught summer VPK, an 8 week voluntary prek program offered through our state (FL).  This gives kids one last chance to "practice" school before entering kindergarten.

But, while I am there, I am also ALWAYS thinking about my regular class.  Right now, I am thinking about literacy centers.  After 5 years in prek inclusion, I am so excited to go back to kindergarten.  I have done centers lots of different ways in the past.  I am now thinking of changing them up (yet again) and having 9-10 "basic" centers - and then having a variety of activities within each one.   
My kids go to one literacy center a day, which means I can leave centers set up for 2 weeks.
I would love to hear what you do in your classes.
Here are my center ideas so far

Poetry-Pocket chart (Deedee monthly poetry, Alessia pocket chart stories, Jamie Mayas pocket charts all year)
ABC/Word work 1 (magnet letters, ABC clip cards)
ABC/Word Work 2 (letter stamps, abc match-up)
Play dough
Names (beg of year)

I want to have enough planned to change up what is available in the centers but keep the area the same.

Til next time!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Thinking about August already!!

School ended yesterday for the kids. I have been thinking and semi preparing for my switch back to kindergarten.  Attended the Reading Street training today in my district for K teachers.  Wow - there is a lot to do everyday.  Will definitely need to pick and choose, could never fit it all in, not with everything else I still want to do during the ELA black.
Anyway - thinking about literacy centers  - Beginning of the Year literacy Centers.  My team mates and I were chatting about them today after the training.  I usually start on day 1 with a short center time.  Other teachers on my team discuss and unveil centers for about a week before the kids actually do them (going over rules, what to do there, etc)
Anyway - I am trying to get about 10 different centers for the first couple of weeks of school. I usually start with more "play" centers and gradually add more "work" centers.
So far I'm thinking...
beads and string
colors and shapes pocket chart
mobilo (like legos  - rounded, lots of wheels)
stamping (limited number of stamps)

I'd love to hear what everyone else does - and to get a large selection of choices for my beginning of the year centers.  Thanks for chiming in!!