Centers--I have nothing!

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  1. MsBee

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    I posted something similar to this in another thread.
    What do I need for my class. .....basically I went to visit my class today and I have NOTHING. Only desks and a teacher table.
    I have caddies for their pencils, markers, etc
    Baskets for books by their desk when they are finished with their work.
    Tall lamp
    Rug and pillows for reading center.

    What else do I need.

    My MAJOR question is what different areas do I need to set up in my room? I know I need a reading center but what else?
     
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  3. Lynnnn725

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    Areas for the room:
    whole group area - enough for all students to sit on the floor and see you and the book/easel
    library
    guided reading/small group instruction area

    What do you need?
    easel to place in your whole group area (school might provide)
    library books (not sure if you have any)
    Chart paper (school may provide)
    math manipulatives (school may provide)

    I am drawing a blank right now...
     
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    Okay..the only thing you said that helped was guided and small group instruction!!!
    I think the school provides all of the other things. At least they should.

    I have everything for my reading/library centers. Rug and tons of books, pillows, two tiny chairs. That should be nice and cozy. But I am drawing a blank as to how to set up my library. I know I want bins but can't find any...need to go to walmart. And I have no bookshelves.

    Thanks.
     
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    Are you absolutely sure that you have nothing? I didn't have much in my room my first year. Then, the Math and Reading specialists called down to my room to tell me to come get my stuff. Ask around and snoop around to see if there are any materials in the school.

    Get a good pocket chart or two, they work great for whole group lessons of sorting and putting poems and stories together. They can also then be used for centers.
     
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    do you have a table for guided reading? Or you can use a group of desks or just do it on the floor.

    My literacy stations are just all around the room. I have a science station area, a listening station area, and a writing center area. I also have a poetry station area. Most of my other stations (like word work) can be done anywhere.
     
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    Centers: reading, listening, math, science, word work, read the room, pocket chart, read to partner, computers...
     
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    I just took out a couch and a recliner from my room so I could utilize more space. I am using those wire 1'x1' square shelving units for my library. Each square will have a bin in it with books. In the past I used the school's bookcase and some plastic $10 shelves that did the trick.
     
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    I was thinking about getting the wire shelves but don't know how well that will hold up. anyone done this before?
     
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    I know that they have tons of books and math manipulatives but I am talking more about furniture and area.
    I'm so overwhelmed!
     
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    I'm into this "less is more" phase right now. All I have are my 4 student tables, my guided reading table and the 2 student computers. My science station is on a student desk in a corner. My library is just those wire shelves. My math manipulatives are on wire shelves in a different spot. There's not much more furniture to it...

    What other furniture were you thinking about?
     
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    I found tons of bins at the Dollar Tree for various uses. I also found a cute foamy door mat with bugs on it at Big Lots for $5! I have a Listening Center that they visit a few each day. I have a CD player there and I got every book and CD from Scholastice book orders. (I used freebies and bonus points mostly). You only need a few to begin and the public library has them for free! Hope that helps a little. (If you have a metal cabinet or door, you can stick magnet letters there for a word building center. You can also use cookie sheets for this!) Sorry - I just thought of that one!
     
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    Do the wire bins work well? I want them to be sturdy to last all year. They are cheaper than the bookshelves!
     
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    If you're talking about the wire things you put together - I used them in my college dorm and there was a heck of a lot more going on in there than in any classroom:lol:

    Honestly though, I'm sure they'll work fine.
     
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    My wire shelves have been falling down in my apartment for years. Finally, had my grandpa come into my classroom and tie them together with plastic zip-ties. Those things are never coming down now!

    Ms Bee, I bought a ton of the dishpan-type plastic buckets at dollar tree for my books. They fit all buy the very biggest hardback books, and my principal commented on how nice they looked ;)
     
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    I'm going to the dollar store tomorrow.
    I wonder why some wire shelves come down and others don't. I used to have some and they always fell down. I figured I would try it out again but Idk.

    Now for centers...

    I have my reading center like I said-rug, pillows, books, lamp

    Would I really need a writing center? I think I would have them do that at their desk.

    For listening...hmm..I guess I can buy a radio with cd player and do something with that but I dont know yet.
     
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    I don't have a center where they go and write...I just have an area (white plastic shelves..about $10) that house the writing workshop paper, a bucket of crayons, a bucket of markers, glue, and their writers workshop baskets of folders.
     
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    I don't think I would get a listening station if the school didn't provide it for me. Maybe I would. I don't know. Costs just start adding up! There are some inexpensive cd players though.
     
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    I have the old cassette players and tapes. However, I am also planning on using my computers and going to some of the free websites where they read stories. I really like www.speakaboos.com. There are other sites too.
     
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    Tumble Books is awesome. I believe my school pays for that though.
     
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    Our parent council pays for school subscriptions to TumbleBooks and TumbleReadables. They are fairly pricey, but the cost does come down if multiple schools in the district subscribe.
     
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    Before you buy anything else, check with your P (to see if it is okay) and with your instruction coordinator and/or reading specialist and librarian to see what is available FOR FREE. As far as furniture goes - the only thing I have room for in my room is desks & chairs - I have a kidney teacher table and a long (think conference) table for a writing/creating center and a large rug in the front - a few bookshelves and all I have room for now is the kids!
     
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    Well I only purchased bookshelves and a chair. Next I need a rug and coat hangers since I have no cubbies and that's all I need.
     

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