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  1. love2teach

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    Just wanted to get some new ideas for first grade centers...more on how your day runs,. timing, number of kids per center, etc.....

    Thanks :)
     
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    We are a unique school so number of kids is really small for us. We have 4 centers for reading: Guided Reading, Reading Support/Strategies, Word Study (spelling center), and Independent Practice Center. We are fortunate to have 3 adults running centers for the morning. Our centers are 15 min long. Sometimes they aren't long enough, but you can't have everything.

    We begin the morning with circle time, reading the board, job duties, calendar, etc. We move to our 4 centers. The groups and rotations stay the same every day. Only the activities change. Then when we finish, the reading specialist leaves and goes to another classroom. We go back to the circle time format and have shared reading. Then we break for snack.

    The only variation is on Friday we have a spelling test instead of shared reading.

    If one person is absent, one center becomes an independent reading center with follow up worksheets and leveled books.

    If two people are absent (like we were when we were helping with achievement tests), then everything is dropped and a craft, following directions, etc is introduced along with journal writing and journal sharing.
     
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    I run about 8 centers that are changed weekly / with our story

    1. Computer (wiggleworks, starfall, later in the year I switch to math)
    2. Listening center ( Books on tapes )
    3. Phonics tiles that becomes word tiles by dec and then both ( Each group must make 10 words or 5 sentences)
    4 . Read the room ( Focusing on phonics for that week) find 10 I also have dictionarys here for them to look up words if they cant find any.
    5. Math center- 2 practice sheets that go along with the focus for the previous week ( a kind of review)
    6. Vocabulry words of the week. Make a sentence with each
    7 . Speliing words - Alphabetize or write 3 times
    8. Guided reading with me.

    20-25 minutes per rotation. I have 7 groups of 3 and due these twice a day.
    Hope this helps.
     
  5. love2teach

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    thanks for your help guys! I have many of the same centers. I have been toying with the idea of not timing the kids and letting them work throug each center ...
    My only fear is that there are some kids that are going to rush through thier work and be finished super early....and some kids who will stay at one center the entire time! How do you move them along and how do you keep the numbers down?
    Also, right now my kids go to some centers 1x a week and others a few times a week. I know that some teachers have one activity set up in a center for the WHOLE week...does any one here do that...how does that work?
     
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    Set limits. Even kinders know how to count how many are in a center and are vocal about the violation of the "rule". Set a timer?
     
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    I set a timer now, but would like to get away from it because I find that some kids finish something and are bored waiting for the timer so they can move...while others are not finishing work because the timer is going off.....
     
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    The way I run my centers is that I have three must do centers that they must visit within the 45 minutes. If they finish early, then they may work with one of the manipulation tubs, go to the magnet alphabet center, or go to the writing table. We use to rotate every 15 minutes, but I hated this!! Many kids would finish early and many would need more time. So, I changed it so that the students had to go to each must do center, mark off their name, do their work, and put their work into their basket for me to check. Then, if they go to all tables, they have free time. They know not to rush because I can tell if they are rushing and I will make them redo their work. BTW, I teach kinder and have NO help from parents or aides.
     
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    okay.....so Im thinking of starting having "untimed" centers...
    We have a huge block for centers 1hr 10 min....so I have 5 centers that they kids go to every day......I'll keep it that way but just let kids move at thier own pace.

    Any suggestions on how to implement and what kind of pit falls to look for?
     
  10. tinafirstgrade

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    Peachyness I like what I am reading regarding your centers. If you have 3 centers that the kids MUST do each day, does that mean you have to prepare 15 centers ( for a min. of 5 groups) per week? Also when do you check the children's work? You said that they have to put them in baskets for you to check, are you checking them as soon as they finish or at the end of center time? How do you make sure they do their best effort? Also are you conducting guided reading groups at this time? How do you keep the chattyness down when the children are at centers together, while conducting guided reading groups? My students continually want to talk to each other. I like how you have an incentive at the end when they complete all centers. Also you said taht you have a sheet that the kids sign. Are you printing out 15 sheets with all the kids names on them? Or is it 1 master sheet that you are printing? I would love any feedback regarding improving my first grade centers and making the children more responsible for their work. Thank you.
     

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