Friday, August 12, 2011

Getting Started--What to do if you are just 'starting out' with centers?


I got an email from a new-to-kindergarten teacher, wanting to know a little about getting 'process centers' started.  I talked a little bit about 'process centers' in a previous post.  

In order to not drive yourself crazy as a new teacher--and those of us who have been there KNOW it can happen--being a new teacher is VERY stressful--you need to keep it simple.  I put together a few ideas that I shared with her, and maybe you can take something from this post as well.  This is not meant to be all-encompassing, but rather an easy way to get you started.

I love using Letter Tiles.  If you don't have any, you can make your own easily, but usually there is something in  your classroom.  This is a great way for students to practice letter recognition, and begin to familiarize themselves with print.  A GREAT resource is Making Learning Fun.  You can print out lots of different themes, and students can practice matching letters to letter tiles.