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.