Being a Kindergarten teacher is such a fun and rewarding adventure. Kindergartners learn more in one year than probably any other grade in the entire school. The faster you build a routine, the faster your group of learners will know what to do without any confusion. I always start with my kindergarten centers to build consistency in my classroom.
How do you know if you need to change your kindergarten centers? Teaching kindergarteners independence is vital for learning in future grades. When you create a solid routine, your students know what to expect and will stay engaged so you can focus on small group instruction or one on one intervention. My centers stay the same throughout the entire year. It’s been a game changer in my classroom and we get so much accomplished each day!
BENEFITS OF HAVING THE SAME CENTERS ALL YEAR
- Repetition and consistency provide the practice and reinforcement needed for young learners to grasp new ideas and skills.
- Consistency in the classroom helps create a stable emotional environment.
- Young children thrive in environments that offer predictability and structure. Consistency in daily routines, such as arrival, circle time, snack time, and playtime, helps children feel secure and understand what to expect each day. Centers are no different.
TYPES OF KINDERGARTEN CENTERS
- Clip Cards- Fine Motor Skills
- Sensory-Fine Motor Skills
- Magnet- Helps familiarize the shapes of letters and numbers
- Pocket Chart- Organization and Sorting
- Write the Room- Movement
- Games-Helps Teach Collaboration
By engaging in center activities that maintain a steady rhythm and well-defined expectations, all students have better chances of learning without disruptions. It also helps create an environment where children feel safe to explore, learn, and grow.
Never Have to Plan Your Centers
What if you could have meticulously designed lesson plans and centers at your fingertips? How would your life be if you didn’t have to spend a single second of your evenings planning your kindergarten centers?
Not only will you be able to let go of center planning, but you’ll be able to let go of ALL planning for the entire year. Those same centers that will avoid confusion for your kindergarteners are in all of my thematic units. Thematic units are the best thing that ever happened to my lesson planning. Try one and you’ll see how easy it is to prep each day and see how much time you’ll give back to yourself!