I have gotten a bunch of emails about how I rotate and organize my centers….I’m so sorry that I’m just getting a chance to post this. I really DO read ALL of your emails and my intentions are to get back to EVERY SINGLE one of you!!!!!! But, sometimes I read an email and then a few days pass by before I get a chance to get back and things just pile up:( So, anyway-here’s how I do it. It is by NO MEANS the “right” way! Last year, I did something totally different and it worked great….but, this year-with 27 kinders (YES, another new one!) and with SO many different abilities, I had to try something else! So, here goes….
Here are my center tubs:
The blue tubs are my literacy centers and the green tubs are my math centers. (the literacy centers are labeled with letters and the green tubs are labeled with numbers) I L♥VE the shelves I got for my tubs!!!! They just help keep things so neat and organized! I had a slight problem with clean up the very first time we did centers…I ended up putting all the tubs away because kiddos didn’t know where to put them. I went home that night and made minnie labels for the shelves;)
Now, when it’s clean up time, the kids know exactly where the bins should go and they can do it quickly!;)
Here are my bin labels for you to download, if you’re interested:) Just click on the image below to grab them:)
Here is my chart for center rotation:
This shows my literacy centers….you can see that the math center signs are right behind them (see the little lion sign peeking out?:). When it’s time for math centers, I just pull those signs to the front.
A-D are my “approaching level” centers and E-H are my “beyond level” centers. So, centers B & F are the same center, but if you follow my blog, you know that my centers are differentiated. So, although B & F are the same center, the response sheet at center B might be easier, or something about the center is easier to fit the needs of those students. The center that I have at station F is a little more challenging. I HOPE that makes sense!!!
So, as you can see, when it’s time to roatate, I rotate A-D. I pull A out and put it at the bottom of the row and move everything up. Same for E-H. I pull E out and bring it to the bottom of the row and move all of those up.
So, essentially, there are only 4 different centers being worked on….but, there are 8 different groups. By the end of the week, every student has been to every center (but only the 4 stations that fit their abilities and needs) Does that make sense???
If you have bought any of my center packs, they come with everything you need to differentiate. Usually, there are 4 different math centers, but only 3 different literacy centers. This is because one of my literacy centers is a “meet with the teacher/listening center.” So, while my approaching level kiddos are in the listening center, I read with my beyond level kids in our leveled readers….then 1/2 through center time, we switch. (THIS IS THE ONLY CENTER THAT SWITCHES.) Everyone else stays at the same center for the entire center time)
I hope I explained that o.k!!! Let me know if you have any questions!!! Oh yeah!!! and you can grab your center rotation signs here:!!!! Just click on the picture below:)