May 05, 2012

Center Saturday

I love kindergarten centers this time of year. My kids are masters of completing their work independently and correctly. Here is what we worked on this week!

Writing- Spelling pattern for this week the -ake family. From Carl's Corner
Reading- Cupcake and Candle Matching. This one is rhyming site words like that and at or so and go.
Unit- We completed some lifecycle sequencing and another round of charting our potato. The stem is starting to grow leaves and little write roots are coming out. It is so awesome. 

In other classroom news, our ladybug pupa have opened. We now have at least 10 ladybugs! We got to watch one pupa crack open and a ladybug drawl out. It took a while, but it was amazing!

I am debating center time for next year. We will be using the Daily 5 Framework for sure, so I am trying to figure out if we will have enough time for centers. I believe all young students NEED art, movement, and play daily so I am going to do everything I can to keep center time.
Do you have enough time for Daily 5 and centers?

10 comments:

  1. My school district discourages us from doing Daily 5... Because it doesn't "fit" the model that they advocate. I do the Daily 2... Word Work (centers) and Read to Self. So for Word work I have 4-5 centers for the week they need to do for the week.. and the other half of the class does Read to Self. They aren't perfect for read to self.. sometimes they are reading with a friend but I don't make a fuss as long as they look like they are reading and most are very independent now. :)

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  2. As for Social centers. I still fit those in the last 30 minutes of the day. This is my time to finish up any reading groups or get RTI assessments in. Luckily our district does still encourage those.

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    1. Ours does not encourage them, we constantly hear "raise the rigor" so our social centers are no more I'm sad to say.

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  3. I really like your cupcake/candle matching. Where did you get this one at?

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    1. I made it. I make almost everything. The cutouts are Carson Dellosa. I made an ice cream cone version of this game today as a freebie on my TpT site.
      http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ice-Cream-Match-Sight-Words

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  4. I love my center time, but I am a second grade teacher, and none of my colleagues do centers. I implemented parts of Daily 5 this year, but I will try for more next year. I agree with you that students need all the fun stuff, but I know how hard it is to find the time!! I just came over from TBTS, I am now following:))

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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  5. Daily 5 Really IS centers. It is just a specific type of centers that students are able to do independently while you pull small groups for guided reading or writer's workshop, etc... There are all kinds of ideas on Pinterest for making various Daily 5 Centers. As long as they are centered around read to self, read to someone, work on writing, word work, & listen to reading they can still be fun centers. Our kids use bookflix & leap frogs for listen to reading. For read to someone I put cute chairs for them to sit in (the folding outside kind w/ Scooby & Dora on them). For work on writing there are GOBS of things you can let them do. Word Work is the same---there are a multitude of center choices available on pinterest & the web in general. The Daily 5 book also suggests ideas.

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  6. I teach K and have been doing Daily 5 for 2 1/2 years now. LOVE IT! My team does it a little differently - we have Read to Self, Read to Someone, and Listen to Reading (tape player, CD player, computers). We believe that K kiddos need a seperate writing lesson and time to work on that writing, as well as seperate literacy centers. Our D5 time is about 50-60 minutes, writing is about 30 mins. and literacy centers is about 15-20 minutes. We also have self-selected free choice discovery centers (housekeeping, blocks, etc.). Hope this helps ...

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    1. Wow, that's awesome but I don't see how you make time for all of it. I sure wish we could figure out...

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  7. Great Idea! Thank you! I just started blogging this weekend...I could use some followers. http://www.who-is-on-first.blogspot.com/

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