When Megan and I set up our Math Centers we set up 5 different stations—one measurement, one data, one algebra and geometry, and two number. Each area has a have to---something that everyone has to do---and can dos----things they can do when they get finished with the have tos.
1. The children are divided into five work groups, with one group in each area.
2. The photo above shows one of her kiddos getting a plastic box. This is where they have to’s are kept.
3. The group leader goes and gets the tub her/his group needs for the day.
4. In each of the five center areas there is also the stacking storage container. Each drawer has different can do activities.
5. They only go to one area a day. They do the have to and then select from the different can do’s in their stacking storage container until time is up.
5. Each day they go to a different area that has a have to and a different stacking storage container with different can do’s.
6. Each child has a clip with their name. When they go to the can do’s they put their clip on that drawer of the stacking storage container. This allows only a few children to use each drawer so that not too many children are trying to share the same materials.
Here are a few examples of some have to’s. The apple tree counting activity and the apple pie graph are both from the Apples and Pumpkins Math and Literacy Activities. The other activity is where they are rolling a dice and then comparing the sets for more and less.
The can do drawers have different things. One drawer has some kind of manipulative—pattern blocks, unifix cubes, etc. When we first add the manipulatives, we let the kiddos free explore, Then, Megan and I scaffold our kiddos. We show them different things they can do with the manipulatives, we use the manipulatives in various ways. Then, when they select the manipulatives as their can do, they can choose to do one of the things we showed them or make their own learning. As long as they can tell me about the math in their play, I am good with whatever they create! Another drawer has some math games or puzzles that they have played before and know how to use independently. The third drawer has math books. Love that idea of the math books!
Kim is a retired kindergarten teacher! She taught kindergarten for 30 years and now works as a national presenter. Now that she is retired, she spends her time volunteering in Megan's room. When she isn't working at Megan's school, she loves to garden and spend time with her family. She and Andy, her husband, have two children, Megan, who is married to Nick, and Tyler, who is married to Ginny. They also have a beagle named KT Ann. Megan followed in her mom's footsteps and is also a kindergarten teacher. She loves building relationships with her kiddos and their families. When she isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Nick. They enjoy all the GA sports teams! She and Nick have a miniature dachshund named Lily Grace.
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