Every month I try to change up the dramatic play area to something different and since the weather has been so bitterly cold out we needed to bring some spring inside. 

This month's dramatic play is a Flower Shop. 

Here are some of the items I have out for the students to use: 
The students have an I want... flowers to request to their classmates what color and how many flowers or a checklist students can circle their requests. There is a sample receipt and cards. 

There are stamps, envelopes and paper for the students to write their own letters to go with the flowers. 

There are also vases and baskets for the students to place the flowers in (all bought from the Dollar Store). 

I cannot wait for the kids to try this one out! They will definitely love it!

Flower Shop Early Childhood Dramatic Play

Have a great weekend!

I was asked to review the new thin Kwik Stix and my kids were super excited to try them out. We love Kwik Stix! They are quick drying, a variety of colors, very vibrant and mess free (which I LOVE)! 

I first tried out the thin Kwik Stix with my own kids at home. My kids loved them! We colored many animals with them!

We painted many animals with them and decorated my son's door with our paintings. 

With my kids at school I pulled them out for our letter of the week writing practice. The kids LOVED them! They were excited to use them because it was a new writing material to try out. 

They were very easy for the kids to hold and there are a variety of colors for the kids to choose from. 

We will definitely be using these again soon for writing to mix it up from using markers, crayons, or pencils. Make sure to check them out here on Amazon!

Have a great weekend!

I spoke about how I keep my notes last week. Check that out here.

To rotate the students I have individual schedules that they take around with them to the center that matches (color coded). Their pictures are velcroed on to the schedule. The groups never stay the same. Depending on how that child is doing that day or the activity we are doing at the language or fine motor center I may change the children's rotation to be paired with peers that are at the same level or that get along better. Having the pictures velcroed works great! The kids have all been very receptive to this system (it is my first year using it) and it makes for easier transitions from center to center. 

At each center their are core vocabulary boards available (individual or large).

I keep my materials that we will be using in small tub. Off to the side I also have a small sensory tub that if we finish activities early I can quickly grab and the kiddos can play with. 

I keep my checklist of the activity and hjow the kids did on a clipboard so I am able to record the information very quickly and easily.

Also, at each area are the preschool I can statements with pictures and next to it what standards in the curriculum is being covered. This is great for new people that are coming into know what we will be doing. You can grab this freebie here. 

Check out PreK Partner and Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers for more great ideas on organizing small groups. 

Do you have any great ways that you organize centers or small group that makes it run smoothly?

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