Some of you had emailed me and asked how soon I start using the "Following Directions Center" in my classroom. I actually start this as soon as I start centers.
For the first three weeks of school, I "model" centers. The first day, we learn how to use the materials in the pattern blocks center, and then we practice using them (you all understand, that getting just that much accomplished on the first day of kindergarten is
I basically keep this up for two or three weeks (depending on the group of kiddos) before starting centers 'full tilt'. This is when I begin to incorporate the following directions center. Remember, I have a lot of centers going at one time once we officially 'start' centers. See my
For the "Following Directions Center":
I start with very simple directions, and very simple stencils for the kiddos to trace and cut out. I might start with a toothbrush (easy stencils for them to trace), or an apple, a stem, and a leaf. Again, it depends on my kiddos. Here is an example of the toothbrush (and a sample of the finished product).
I also use the digital camera to take pictures of individual steps, especially if there are lots of steps. A good example of this is the "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree" that we make in October.
Chicka Chicka Tree Directions