Monday, January 23, 2012
In January we spend a week learning about the Artic region and the animals that dwell in that environment. I was happy to stumble across bags of plastic like snow stuff at Wal-mart after Christmas. This is stuff I believe you would use in mini Christmas villages to give the look of snow. I couldn't pass up large size bags for about $.60 each... I picked up 2. One bag filled my little sand and water table up pretty well. I added some small Artic animal toys to it and viola... an Artic play land. The kids in my class have really enjoyed this addition to this play set.
I love centers in my K4 preschool classroom, and think the MORE centers the more benefits children can have. My challenge is small space, and I'm constantly working on ways I can better utilize the space I have. So as of the moment this is what I have come up with.
Cubbies/ Parent Information Board
Weather CenterOur weather center is one of the kids favorites, They LOVES when it's their turn in our classroom jobs to be the metorologist. Where get to step out our back door to figure out what the weather and temprature is, mark it on our display and annouce it to all their friends during large group. I'm hoping to add some tools right outside our classroom to include a themometer, rain gauge and a wind shock. But more on that later down the road.
Sensory Table (AKA Sand and water table)
I refer to my sand and water center as our Sesory table since rarely is there ever sand or water in it!! I enjoy changing out it's contents to keep the kids engaged. I plan to do a post in the near future of great mediums to use in your sensory table.
One of my favorite centers and I LOVE keeping it stocked with a varity different items the children get to choose from. The draw backs to my art center through is my limited non-carpeted area and the lack of NO sink in our classroom, our nearest restroom in down the hall. But we learn to adapt and make it work (Baby whipes help clean up enough to safely send children down the hall to wash their hands properly).
Dramatic Play Center
Again over looking our work tables, large group center, block center, my desk and work area, writing center, computer center and manipulatives center.
View of the left side the classroom
I would like to add to this center with a varity of building mediums and props.
Math & Manipulatives Center