I worked a lot the past two days in my classroom. I have it almost set up. Now it is time to put the finishing touches on it. I want to go center by center and make sure everything is in order for the first few weeks.
I thought I would start in my new center the Word Center. I am glad I decided to work here today. It was not as organized as I thought it would be.
First of all nothing is labeled. So I had to make labels tonight.
Second, I did not have everything I wanted in the center. So I had to make a quick trip to Target, well it ended up to be two Targets to find what I wanted, cookie sheets.
In order to prepare myself to organize this center I quickly reviewed the book, The Daily 5 Fostering Literacy Independence in The Elementary Grades, by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser. They state in their book the purpose of the word center is that children should be able to “experiment with words for learning and practicing a spelling pattern and memorize high frequency words.” So I want to keep that in mind as I organize my center.
Items for a word center:
· Whiteboards (check)
· Magnetic letters (check)
· Wikki Stix (just purchased)
· Letter stamps (set aside until I introduce them)
· Writing materials (check)
· Alphabet puzzles (I am adding this for the beginning of the year)
· Alphabet bingo (I am adding this as well.)
Ok I feel better about this center. I made a cute graphic for my daily five chart using KPM Doodles graphics.
I'll add an after picture tomorrow after I label everything.