Don’t you just love prepped and ready to go centers? Me too… but after a few months, your kids are ready for something new and your centers have seen better days. Well today, I’m here to share with you the secret behind making your centers last all year!
The First Secret To Making Your Centers Last All Year…
This will allow your kiddos to use the activity in the complicity that they are ready too. As they grow, you can change the way the students use the center (instead of creating a whole new center! Hallelujah!)This is def something you can do with centers you already have. Just think about what support and challenging ways you could use that center. It just takes a little brainstorming!
Some Suggestions for Differentiating Center Activities:
- Use more challenging/Less challenging sight words to complete the activity
- Allow groups to work together/not work together
- Have more or fewer pieces in the activity
- Have an answer key
- Cut the activities a certain pattern so they become self-matching
- Add a writing extension
- Extend the activity with one mores (Like find one more word, write one more sentence, etc)
The Second Secret to Making Your Centers Last All Year
I found these at Target for about a $1 each, but I’ve seen them on sale for as low as .25 before!
To use them, just tape the direction sheet of your centers on to the front using clear packaging tape. I found that securing the perimeter first worked well…Be sure to overlap the tape on the corners…
I also like how they are still transparent so you can see what’s inside.
Here are all my differenitated centers that are set and ready to be used by my second graders year after year! Click here or the pictures to check out this product in my store!
Be sure to check out the preview on this center pack! There may be a surprise in there for you! 😉
I can’t wait to use these during the first few weeks of school! They’ll be perfect for those training weeks where we’re focused on the “how we do centers”. And then again when we’re ready to revisit these skills a few months later! Hope these were some great tips for making your centers last all year.