Hi guys! In case you are late to the party, I have been sharing how I run literacy centres in my classroom over the past few weeks. You can find out how I start centres in  this post , how I organize them  over here , and see ALL of the centres I have posted about so far by clicking  here .  Today, I want to talk to you about our writing centre. I loooove our writing centre! I love teaching writing in general because children are such natural (and hilarious) story tellers, and because writing is automatically differentiated without much extra work. Each child is able to work at their own ability, and progress naturally with time. In addition to running Writer's Workshop in my classroom (which you can read about here ), I also have time for writing during centres. This gives my students extra time to practice and solidify what they are learning during Writer's Workshop, as well as exposure to other genres and ideas. Here are my best tips for starting a smooth Centre d'...
Hi guys! In case you are late to the party, I have been sharing how I run literacy centres in my classroom over the past few weeks. You can find out how I start centres in this post , how I organize them over here , and see ALL of the centres I have posted about so far by clicking here .  This week, I will be talking about our fine motor centres! Fine motor centres are my favourites - and my students', too! They are lots of fun and allow my students time to play, while simultaneously working on those all-important fine motor skills. Don't feel guilty about including these - don't feel that they aren't "real" literacy centres. Children, especially at this age, NEED to participate in activities that help develop their little finger muscles if we want them to be able to cut, colour, and (most importantly!) write neatly and efficiently. Plus, they are four and five years old! They learn through playing - let them play! Read on for some tips and ideas for h...
One of my students' favourite centres is the Play Doh centre. I keep the Play Doh centre out most of the year (it is one of my 10 "core" centres), but it is one that I will occasionally rotate out. Students can work on lots of different literacy skills via Play Doh (especially letter formation!), and even if you just let them play, they are still building those all-important finger muscles that they need to improve their fine motor skills. Play Doh is engaging and fun, and you can easily change it up throughout the year to keep your students excited! Here are my top Play Doh tips and ideas: 1. START WITH FREE PLAY I talked about how you should be starting with centres that your students already know  in this post . Play Doh is great for this! In the beginning, I just put out a few containers of Play Doh and let them play how they want while I teach expectations. It is important to take the time to teach them exactly  what you expect out of them - we talk about...
Happy Sunday! It is a rainy day here in NS today - fall has definitely arrived! A perfect day for curling up with a mug of coffee and writing my next post in my centres d'apprentissage en maternelle series. Today I would like to talk to you about my tips for introducing new centres and activities to your primary students. In my experience, introducing centres and activities GRADUALLY, one activity at a time, is the way to go, rather than trying to switch out all your centres at once every Monday. There are a few reasons for this, including: - It is WAY less prep that you have to have done all at once - If you didn't get everything prepped that you wanted, it's okay - your students can continue the activity that they worked on last time - You only have to talk about one activity at a time, so your students only have to pay attention for about five minutes - It leaves you lots of opportunity to also review with your students I suggest teaching or reviewing...