I am all for teaching responsibility and independence in the Pre-K classroom, however I do not allow children to choose centers freely and on their own because most of the kids choose the same center each time! This leaves all of the centers closed off from the other kids that want to play in a particular area. I once taught Georgia Pre-K, and a state rule was that children must choose their own centers and that there is no limit as to how many kids may occupy a center. So, if all 22 kids in the classroom wanted to visit the house area they could because it was a state rule. Now I am here in Florida, teaching Pre-K in my parent's facility and the rule here is to allow children free play but limit the number of kids in an area. Today I chose where the kids went. I placed them in groups of 3 and I also mixed the groups with students that I observed that does not play together normally. I like this concept because it less noisy and also less fussy. The children got along so good!. There was some kids that asked to switch areas and I allowed them to do so as long as their previous area was clean or if the center weren't occupied with other kids I am just not for free choice centers.