Two questions... 1. Experienced teachers: do you "assign" you children to centers or let them choose? I was thinking about getting some kind of stretchy bracelets in different colors, giving one to each child. During center time, putting a lainated piece of construction paper (matching the bracelet colors) in each center. The children with that color bracelet goes to that center. Then switch the papers after a certain amount of time. That way I thought I could separate those that don't work well together and mix up the groups a lot. What do you think of that idea? 2. I worked with a teacher who used clear contact paper to attach nameplates to the tables where each child would be assigned to sit during paperwork time. I don't want to attach anything to my tables, and (although I really don't like worksheets) I will be doing journals or worksheets in small groups instead of all together. I think for the children that really can't write their name yet, or need to see it I do want some type of name for them to look at while writing. I thought about using a nameplate, laminating it and cutting the lamination so it's aobut 9 x 12 with the nameplate across the top. Then they could lay their paper on top and see their name sticking out from the top. What do you think of that idea? If anyone has another suggestion...please share.