Here we go again, center rotation try 4. 
Here are some of ways I have rotated centers in the past.
Well, I have tried quite a few different ways to ease the transition of centers for my little ones and some work for certain students but not for all. So this year I decided to try this. 
You can grab the freebie here of the center rotation pictures.
Students will start at a certain color/ center and their picture will be at the front of the strip. Students will take the strip and move it to the poster for that center. 



They will continue to take their strip to the next center. 

I have also placed a clip on what center they are on to help my aid and I keep the kids on track. This new system has been working great because each child has their designated card and are responsible for it. In the past the group has had a movable rotation schedule but usually only one child really benefited from it. 

Also, by having their picture velcroed to the strip it is easy to change students in a group quickly and easy. The kids have caught on very easily and quickly and it seems to work the best of all the center rotations I have tried!
Do you have any great strategies for rotating your kiddos through that you have found to be very effective?!







This center is done during table time mostly or is combined with our fine motor or at my language. academic center. Three to four students are in a group. During table time it is free explore time. During a center students are directed to answer questions or shown how to use or do the activities. 


Encourages students to problem solve.
Encourages children to answer and ask questions.
Encourages to explore and investigate different materials and things. 
It allows students to explore, wonder, and discover through play. 
Materials?


Something else that is a new addition to my science/ exploration center is a marble run. Students love to create a ramp and watch the ball go. 

Sensory Bottles


Teacher's Role
To provide the materials to get students exploring. If an opportunity arises while outside or at a center or during the day to go with it and teach the students what they are interested in. Show students how to use the materials appropriately. Ask students questions about what they are doing and encourage students to also ask and answer questions. Allow students to explore and have fun!






Here are the plans for the next couple of weeks. 






Here is one of the songs we will be listening to.




I am linking up with The Bender Bunch for Sped-tacular Sunday Freebie!
This year my calm down area has been totally revamped. 

I like it because I can see the kids, the kids can still take in the learning going on, and the kids can stay safe if throwing a fit. 
Here is a sign for your calm down area and here is a When I'm Mad...option card.
Do you have a calm down area? If so, what items do you have that are a must have in that area?

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