Over the weekend I hurt my foot (no clue what I did!) and so I am taking it easy and (gasp!) not exercising. I spend the "extra" time putting together new centers. I know, I know, I JUST developed new centers (see this post), but what can I say...when I get an idea, I must do it now! :)
My students go to 12 centers each week. Every week I change what's inside the center OR the entire center. For example, I may have "Write the Room," and change the words they're looking for, but not the actually center. Or I may just change "Write the Room" to "Writing Center." Does that make sense?! Here's my center board:
I now have 27 centers "names," but remember each activity in the center can change too. This weekend I added these storage drawers to my cabinet and put nine centers inside and one on top.
I meant to take pictures of what's in the drawers, but the day just got away from me. The centers are: Types of Sentences, Syllable Sort, Rhyming Words, Word Building, Contraction Action, Handwriting Center, Fill Your Heart With Words, Poetry Reading, Synonyms and Antonyms, and Parts of Speech.
I did manage to take pictures of a couple centers though. This is my new poetry reading binder. It has poems with word families (they come from a book I bought long ago) and poems that align to holidays (they come from Aloha Kindergarten).
And here is the rhyming center. These cards come from Have Fun Teaching.
Hope these new center ideas help. How do you run centers in your room? Or do you do Daily 5? If so, what are you thoughts on it? Would love feedback!