Do you ever feel like you had to keep adjusting the way you do things to fit the needs of your class from year to year? Earlier, I posted about my literacy centers and writing time - splitting the kids in half so some were writing and some were working at literacy centers. Well, that didn't work for this group of kiddos. I have a pretty rowdy bunch with some pretty significant behaviors. I also didn't feel like I was getting in a good writing lesson plus share time for the kiddos. So, I went back to the old model of 4 rotating centers (4 because my Mondays are wacky and it worked out better to have 4!) Well, the groups got too big, and kids were not working well together. So, I came up with the buddy system. The kids got to choose their own partners and they work with these partners during both math and literacy center time. (They are also their journal share partners). Since the kids are working in partners, I need to have more than 4 centers. So, they are now rotating through 8 centers for 2 weeks. (There are also two groups of 3 - I made sure that these groups included the kiddos that get extra intervention support, so they are not always their for the full literacy and/or math center time).
Here are the literacy centers for this week:
First Grader...At Last. She uses numbers and the kids write addition sentences. I thought this was great for kinders though!