Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Language Arts Centers

So, I have been so busy creating and researching new center ideas for Language Arts.  I've never done centers, so I was very nervous about starting them this year.  I tried it for a week last year and I decided that whole group instruction was better at that time.  I had all last year to think about centers and this year I am so glad that I started!  I am loving centers and so are the students!  I feel that the students are getting so many more opportunities to practice new skills than any other instructional strategy would allow for.

I will post more pictures in a few but here are two centers that I just love!  The first one is our listening, I wasn't sure how I was going to get this center going since I didn't even have a CD player!  A few of my parents made generous donations which allowed me to make a purchase from Lakeshore.  I bought the CD player and the holder.  Then, on Pinterest I saw this idea to make a bench.  I am in LOVE with how it came out!  The students love it as well!!!

My next center was made from an oil drip pan!  I found this alphabet fabric in Seattle last year and it's just been sitting in my closet.  I had the brilliant idea to cover the drip pan with the fabric and students would use my magnetic letters and match them to the letters on the fabric.  So awesome!!!  

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