Preschool Learning Centers, Free Preschool Curriculum

STEP 7

7. Set up learning centers

Fine Motor/Table Toys: If you try to build your collection of fine motor activities/table toys over night you will get overwhelmed, run out of money, or get cramps in your hands from super craftiness. Follow the suggestions in the curriculum for new activities to add each week that fit the monthly theme or basic skill. Make the suggested activities 1 at a time to build your collection little by little. Don’t try to do it all at once.

Blocks: Upcycle ideas are great if you don’t feel stressed about adding everything you need too quickly. This too will take time to build. Just add a few extra upcycled blocks at a time until you are satisfied with the amount or until you run out of room!

Dramatic Play: You probably have most things you need in your home or you can find them second hand. Children don’t need a fancy expensive toy to make-believe. They will be just as happy with an old or not working version (not dangerous of course!) of the real thing. -old plastic dishes from your kitchen, old clothes and shoes for dress up, old phone, etc..

Literacy Center:

 

Table Toys/Fine Motor/Tot Trays:

1.http://ezinearticles.com/?Preschool-Fine-Motor-Interest-Center—Manipulatives,-Math-and-More!&id=6037817

2.http://www.childcarelounge.com/environments/table-toys-area.php

Block Center:

1.http://voices.yahoo.com/the-importance-block-play-preschoolers-3519929.html

2.http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/blocks/SettingUp.html

3.http://progressiveearlychildhoodeducation.blogspot.com/2010/06/we-play-blocks-and-props.html

Upcycle/DIY

1.http://kindergartenbasics.blogspot.ca/2012/04/egg-cartons-as-building-blocks.html

2.http://mysmallpotatoes.com/2012/02/21/the-big-city/

3.http://babytoolkit.blogspot.com/2007/05/building-blocks-recyclers-do-it.html?m=1

Dramatic Play:

http://www.childcarelounge.com/environments/dramatic-play.php

Literacy Center:

http://www.littlegiraffes.com/literacycentersexamples.html

Science Center: 

1.http://voices.yahoo.com/set-irresistible-science-center-preschool-5792174.html?cat=4

2.http://prekinders.com/science-center/

Art Center:

1.http://preschool2prek.blogspot.com/2009/02/making-art-center-things-to-keep-on.html

2.http://www.preschoolplaybook.com/2009/05/art-center.html

Music and Movement:

1. http://www.ehow.com/info_7880407_music-learning-center-ideas.html

2.http://www.preschoolkids.net/Music_and_Movement.htm

 

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