At the end of each Kindergarten day, my students have the opportunity to go to our Discovery Centers–where they can discover new things.  Here is a picture showing each of my centers and how the children know which centers to go to.  My assistant and I stand by these cabinets everyday for the first 2-3 weeks of school and help the children understand what the pictures mean.  Now, most of the time, they just take a quick glance at them and are off to their center.  The sticks rotate clockwise, leaving one center open each day (or open for someone who might need to work alone).

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on May 14, 2012, in Discovery Centers. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Hi Kristen,
    As always your ideas continue to be an inspiration…Thank you so much for sharing them!
    I am curious to know the full list of your center choices that you have on your board at the beginning of the year.
    Always looking for new ideas..and to see what others do in their classrooms.
    Would it be possible to send the list?


    • Kristen Poindexter

      Hi Jane,
      The full list is:
      Home Living
      The Loft (houses the train table, blocks, and some LEGOS)
      Watercolor painting
      Thematic Tubs (we got them from Lakeshore)
      Art Center
      Duplos (on my carpet)
      Games and Puzzles
      Sand Table


  2. Love this! Such an easy, simple way to give the children a choice.


  3. Heikel Ferreira

    You have such fun centers! Our school requires total 100% literacy centers…no blocks or legos for us 😦 But I really like the idea so I’ll be doing it for our literacy centers lol


    • Could you not incorporate literacy into the block and lego centers – write about what you created, label your structure, read about structures and then build???


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