Wednesday, June 19, 2013

How do You Organize Centers!?

Hey friends! So Monday and Tuesday I had common core training in Winston and we talked about a ton of topics in Kindergarten. One of them being centers or what we're supposed to call them "workshops." I did mine super different last year because I had such a big first grade class and even though it worked, there were a ton of centers each week to deal with and organize. This year, I'm told I should have no more than 20 kindergarteners and so I've been thinking about how I am going to organize centers. Some of the teachers said they do Daily 5 and while I like that, I also like using all the cute holiday and seasonal centers I find on TPT. So I've come up with this plan...
I would like to meet with my groups twice a week (and of course this is assuming I will have 4 groups of 5) It incorporates some daily 5 aspects (read to someone, word work, writing) but also a math center and a seasonal center. Then on Fridays, I'd like to just monitor and allow them to go to fun stations like painting or play dough. What do you think? Would this work? How do you organize centers?

Also, there is a ton of change going on in blog land, we all must make the switch over to blog lovin'. I've installed my little code to the side to follow me there! I hope to see you all again! I've been looking at the features and what I do love is that you can manage the blogs you follow into categories.
 Above each blog is a button and you could create a grade level group and manage all your blogs specific to that under there. I will be doing that today!

Also, GREAT NEWS!! My fiance just got a promotion at work! He will be the youngest branch manager ever in his company! They are giving him a new branch to manage in Kernersville which is nice because we will be 15 min away from that in our new place. :) I am so excited and proud of him!! 

AND FINALLY, if you've managed to read all this, I am giving you a freebie! It's a beginning sound sort. I plan on putting this in my word work center once school starts! Click the pic to grab a copy! Thanks everyone and have a great day! I'm off to Asheville tomorrow for a min vacay! 


1 comment:

  1. If you haven't yet, I would suggest reading Debbie Diller's Literacy Work Station book. It has a lot of great ideas and how to manage stations. Our district launched the whole literacy work station piece 4 years ago and after reading this book, I finally feel like I will be able to do work stations with fidelity. I do, however, love your idea of a fun friday where the kiddos can be more like kiddos and learn through more play based areas. Thanks for the freebie!

    It's "OWL" Good in Kindergarten