Here's how I set it up:
The kids have a "Can-do menu" for Literacy Centers and a "Can-do menu" for math centers. There are 6 Can-do centers on the menu each week. Here's what the Math menu looks like:
When students are finished with their work station work for that day, they can pick one of these can-dos to stay at until center time is over. When they decide which can-do that they want to go to, they use a dry erase marker to mark off the center that they chose for that day. (the X's stay on until the end of the week...this way they get to choose what center they are going to-but they can't choose the same center EVERY SINGLE day:)
Then they hang the menu on one of the 4 hooks on under that center on the big menu. (with their pic facing out so we can see who should be where) When all 4 hooks are filled, that center is full, so no one else can go to that center that day.
Here are a few of the math can-dos we've had recently:
As you can see in the picture above, most of the can-do's are portable centers. They are inside of totes. I have them labeled with the same pictures that I Velcro to the menu-so, once they choose on the menu, they go grab the tote with the matching picture on it.
Games: (we played candy land for our gingerbread unit:)
this page from Eberhart's Explorers and I use these calendar pages from Growing Kinders on the back. My kiddos LOVE this center:) Thanks, Erin and Kathleen for these GREAT pages!;)
I use these awesome playdoh mats from Kindergarten Works!
Here is my can-do menu for literacy centers:
Here are some of the Literacy Center Can-do's:
(this writing work station is from Mrs. Wills-LOVE her monthly writing work stations with different writing options!!! I made little books out of her December words for the that the kids to take down and look through to find words.) Here's the link to read more about Deedee's FABULOUS writing work stations!;)
****PLEASE don't mind the giant mess!!! I had just taken down bulletin boards and there was art work overflowing everywhere!!!;)
Write the room:(with giant pens/pencils, glasses and pointers to choose from:)
Did this make sense AT ALL????? LOL!!! Leave me a comment or shoot me an email if you have any questions:)
That is all....MUST. GET. TO. BED.....:)