Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring cleaning centers!

Recently, I went to the Kindergarten conference. I was able to see some of my favorite presenters...they were full of fantastic new ideas!

The KDG'ers use water bottles to practice counting up from a given number. The water bottle contains two dice: one 12 sided die and one 6 sided die. The 12 sided die contains the numbers 1-12; the 6 sided die has the dots representing quantities 1-6. The kids shake the bottle moving the dice. They write the resulting number combination (i.e. Brandon rolled a 9 and 3 dots. The adding sentence would be 9+3). This helps with adding, number identification and is a major goal for Kindergarten Common Core standards.

This is our newest center:

The kids also love the writing center. The past few weeks it has contained fun manipulatives. This helps the students identify new vocabulary words as well as descriptive words. We have made cookies using "Melissa and Doug Slice & Bake Cookie Set". The kids practice writing sentences using descriptive writing such as "The cookie has vanilla frosting. The cookie has pink, blue & green sprinkles."

My students' all time favorite center is...the IPAD!! I've purchased many different APPs for the kids to use. So far, the kids love the "Bob Books." These books are completely interactive. The kids are able to read a story with or without clues. In addition, once the story has been read, they are able to identify words, practice word order and spell the words (complete with sounds as they spell).

Upcoming centers this week:
--write the room with our alphabet dice
--labeling for spring-plants, veggies & gardening
--word family cubes
--sandwich recipe center

I look forward to this week's interactive writing as well. We're going to practice brainstorming & writing recipes as a class!

More to come soon :)

Hoppy Sunday!


  1. I love the dice activity!! This is one I'll have to try. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hi Maureen! So glad you found us! Thank you for the kind words. We are having a blast in the blogging world-lots to learn, but we're looking forward to it. So fun to share ideas!

    LOVE the water bottle activity! What a fun way to teach equations!
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  3. I'm your newest follower! This is such a cute blog. And, I love your new centers!! Looks your kiddos are having a great time! :)


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