Centers are a place where kids participate in independent, self-directed learning activities and are engaged to learn in fun and creative ways. Centers allow you to focus on specific skills or lessons while encouraging students to develop independent work habits. Find some creative ideas below to help you get started!
Who doesn’t need creative new ideas to make math more interesting? This creative center helps make math fun... plus, it gives kids a chance to touch, see, and taste math, too! Young students will be introduced to patterning and simple addition and subtraction skills. Plus, you could adapt the center for older kids working on multiplication skills.
An art center can be used in a variety of creative ways. A “free” art center allows students to be free to create whatever type of art they desire using the supplies available. Or, use the center for classroom craft projects or artistic portions of assignments, giving your students the time, place, and materials to complete their work. However you choose to use it, an art center gives kids a chance to explore different mediums, expand their imaginations, and express their creativity.
Strengthen students’ writing skills with a creative writing center — they won’t even realize they’re learning! Maybe start a young authors center to guide students in how to write and “publish” a book. You could use the writing center for student journaling time, or offer a “free” writing center where students can work on any writing projects they desire. Get students’ creative juices flowing while strengthening their writing skills.
A listening center can be a useful addition to your classroom — they’re great for reading comprehension, fluency, and early foreign language skills. Check out our affordable collection of headphones for your classroom listening or computer centers. With more and more computers and other electronic devises hitting the classroom, headphones are essential for keeping the noise and distraction at a minimum.
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