While most kiddos get it…some are just not developmentally ready for it!
Spontaneous play…building with blocks, building puzzles, make-believe play in the house area, finger paint, etc... are fundamental to a kindergarteners long-term academic success.
The most effective way to teach students (I believe) is through thematic centers and free academic choice areas. WOW…social skills are just as important, too!
Center time is hands-on and helps students become more independent. I want the students to be actively engaged and if a theme attracts the student to work/play there – I will build it! This will provide the time I need to work one-on-one with the students to meet the needs of each student.
Changing out centers weekly is just too much work. I have decided to do 2 center themes a month, instead of 4. Here are the themes I think I will do this school year.
September – Names / Colors shapes
October – Apples / Monsters
November – Pumpkins / Scarecrows
December – Gingerbread Man / Reindeer
January – Snowman / Penguins
February – Dr. Seuss / Friendship
March – Leprechauns / Space
April – Rainbows / Flowers
May – Insects / Farm
June - Ocean
What do you think? Am I missing an important theme? It was hard to pick just 2 themes. What are your thoughts about this? Some of my teacher friends have given up theme centers altogether to “FIT” all the reading and math in. I hope I am never forced to do this because integrating math, reading, science, & social studies into themes may be just the ticket to kindergarten success!