Learning Styles: Center Learning invites and encourages multiple learning styles, particularly visual and kinesthetic learners.
Student Engagement: Our girls have short attention spans, so centers allow them to engage with an activity and then move on to a new activity, instead of sitting on a rug. The girls will be more engaged in the learning process, and will also have the ability to build communication and interpersonal skills as they work with friends.
Individualized Instruction: Learning centers allow our girls to receive more individualized instruction, while also gaining independence
As we have settled into our daily routines in Junior Kindergarten, the girls learning is in full force all around the room. Our classroom is set up in learning stations, or centers as we call them. In Early Childhood at Hutchison we embrace this style of learning as it allows the girls to maximize their experiences in the classroom. During center time each day the girls will have choices they make about their learning journey each day. Our JK centers include Science, Literacy (ABC), Math, Reading, Writing, and Art. These academic areas are always hands-on and independent so that the girls can complete the tasks without much assistance while interacting with their peers. During center time, your daughter will also receive small group math and literacy instruction as well as project experiences. At the beginning of each week, the centers will be modeled so that each girl understands her weekly academic responsibilities. During the course of the week, the girls may work at their own pace completing each center and even revisiting for further exploration or enrichment.
I love the Science Center best because I like looking at creepy things! -Brooke
Literacy Centers ABC, Writing, Reading
When our girls visit the literacy center, our goal is for each child to be exposed to letter identification, letter/sound correspondence, alphabet knowledge, letter writing, phonological awareness, and oral language. Many of the concepts each week are exposing the girls to whole group concepts while allowing us to assess for understanding.
Mathematics in early childhood helps our girls develop critical thinking and reasoning skills early on and it’s the key in their foundation for success. When are girls visit the math center, our goal is for them to be immersed in numeracy. Our objectives change weekly highlighting an Everyday Math skill or concept. During the year, we are developing the ability to count using one to one correspondence as well as gain in understanding in how numbers build upon each other,
For our girls, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don’t have to teach them how to wonder, discover, and explore through play because they do it naturally. In our science center, we are exploring different ideas that come from the questioning and interests of the girls. During the year, we will work on building our observational skills as this is crucial in our girls development.
Our hope for the girls when visiting the art center in our room is that they will develop their creative, social and emotional skills, while exploring a wide variety of artistic mediums. We will work individually as well as collaboratively during the year as both types of work will play a large part in each girl's optimal development.