I love Ah-ha moments! I think I love them more when they happen to the children, but I also enjoy when my “lightbulb” goes on! I’ve been surfing the web the last few weeks in the hopes that I would have some sort of epiphany when it came to Literacy Centers and Full Day Kindergarten. There were lots of great ideas out there-just nothing that made me so excited–until this one!!! I wanted something that lent itself to inquiry, since I’m so into the Inquiry Based Science, I am re-thinking the way I teach everything–NO MORE paper/pencil!!
I was searching through Jessica Meachams site! She is an amazing resource, and you should check out her site if you have a chance. She mentioned a book called “Literacy Work Stations, Making Centers Work” by Debbie Diller. OMG!!! I am only on page 6 and I know I’ve found my beacon, my answer in my quest!! Ok, all joking aside, this is the book to read, to have forever. Debbie’s approach to Work Stations is so down to earth-you don’t have to make extra room, or purchase extra supplies, you use what you already have and in the space you already have it in. I can’t wait to read more, so I’d better stop blogging and get back to that. If you have the time and money, this book is definately worth the cost and the time to read!
P.S. I also got another book from Amazon called 35 Independent Math Centers by Debroah Allen Wirth/Scholastic that I will read right after I finish Literacy Work Stations.