First Centers of the Year...and ANOTHER TpT sale!

I have been back to school for 2 days now, with kiddos. I'm not exhausted as I thought I would be. And I've actually got a lot accomplished. However, my pile of "in case of emergency" and "time fillers" sets of papers is getting bigger and bigger. Which is good,  I guess. That way I have them when I need them, right?!

So, tomorrow, I've decided that I'm going to introduce how to do centers.

I know.

I'm crazy, right!?  But I figure, better to get them started now than when I'm trying to do all of those one-on-one assessments and really need them to comfortable knowing how to do centers.

I've changed up my center menu a little bit since I'm down in 1st grade... at least for the first go 'round.  You can check out how my center menus looked like before in {THIS} post.  It's actually changing all the time, but I essentially keep it the same "format" with every change.  Here's a "visual plan" on my centers for the week. I'm not going to  do a whole planbook of visual plans because, well, let's face it... I'm still kind of working on just the basics of procedures. BUT, I will be sure to come back at the end of the week to show you what we HAVE done. 

Anyway, so here are my centers I'm introducing to them tomorrow. (no, the pictures are not on the menus that the kids get.... although, now that I'm thinking about it, that's a good idea - ha!)

I'm trying to stick with "easy" centers for the first time, just so they get the procedures down.

Here are the centers I'm using for the week:
2.  Label a Picture (these come from my Label It! pack and my August Center Menu for 1st grade)
3. Read the Clues from my August Centers
4. Lori's Sentence Puzzles
5. Lori's Walk the Room
6. Poetry Center from my August Centers
7. Sentence Scramble from my August Centers. I'm only using 3 of the 6 sentences, and the other 3 will be next round of centers.
8. Pocket Chart Names. This is a center I just came up with. I wanted them to get to know their classmates' names, so maybe this will help? It's a freebie if you want it. Click {HERE}
9. Follow the Directions - I wrote steps of directions on sentences strips, and I'm using Teeny's Back to School Foldable Books
10. Big Book - writing an evaluation on the book from my August Centers.

I will be back at the end of the week to show how centers went and my set up this year, if it works, that is. It's basically the same set up, but just a little tweaking here and there.  

So, think of me tomorrow. Pray for me....for my sanity. ha!  

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Lori Rosenberg said...

Okay! Since you're attempting to introduce stations on the third day of school, so will I! Then, we can compare notes! LOL! Good luck! Thanks for the shout-outs! Your activities look great!

Unknown said...

I went to a Debbie Diller workshop two years ago and she suggested starting from day one. She mentioned that way we could take advantage of the those weeks to work on those kids that needed assistance and also know our students better. I think it's a great idea, especially in first grade. Good Luck!

Jen R said...

oh - yay! Glad to hear I'm on the right track! :)

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