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Re: Center ideas (long post)

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menichino (menichino)
Tue, 31 Aug 1999 10:34:13 -0400

Hi Carolyn -- I love your centers ideas. Where do you physically put them
in the room? I'd love to have centers but I'm concerned about space....
Liz in rural NY (what glorious weather for the last day of vacation!! Wish
I hadn't put off doing work so I could be out enjoying it...)

> From: CPKinomi
> To: Mrsbeeswax
> Cc:
> Subject: Center ideas (long post)
> Date: Tuesday, August 31, 1999 8:39 AM
> Hi Chris,
> I have had centers in both of my art rooms (I teach in 2 schools) for 6
> years.
> Students are allowed to work at a center upon completion of the assigned
> lesson for the day. This works great for the early finishers, although I
> into the problem of some students who rush through their work in order to

> work at a center.
> The centers I have set up in my room are:
> Drawing Center- a variety of drawing materials (colored pencils, oil
> markers, etc.) including "How to draw" books.
> Painting Center-this table is setup everyday for painting (newspapers,
> cans, tempera in egg cartons, watercolors and brushes). Students must
> cans w/ fresh water for the next class and replace wet newspaper.
> Junk Sculpture Center-the most popular center. Students can build
> using recycled boxes (cereal, crackers,etc.), cardboard tubes and
> else that happens to come into the art room. I send out a wish list at
> beginning of the year and gets lots of "junk" this way. Some students
> work on a project for a month and will visit the paint center to add
color to
> their creation.
> Clay Center-set up with Crayola modeling clay and garlic presses.
> are not allowed to take the clay home though.
> Rubber Stamp Center- set up with various rubber stamps, ink pads and Ed
> Emberley thumbprint books
> Collage Center- I fill those big box covers with a variety of collage
> materials and mat board pieces for gluing.
> Weaving Center-for grades 3-5 only. Set up with cardboard looms (Already
> warped by me), yarn, potholder supplies, popsicle sticks for God's Eyes.
> Chalkboard - I'm the only one left with a chalkboard (the rest have
> whiteboards-ugh)! and the students LOVE to draw on the chalkboard.
> Art Library-set up with books about artists. I also use this as a
> when teaching.
> The Museum-plastic bins with neat stuff-kaleidoscopes, magnifying
> periscopes.
> I just bought a set of wood building blocks and will set up a center with

> these-Block Center
> I will give an open center day the week before a vacation and the kids
> absolutely thrilled! This has worked out great for me and they love to
> on their own projects. For classes with poor behavior I will close
> half the centers and this will shape them up for the next week. Let me
> if you need more information. Hope this helps and good luck!
> Carolyn in MA (going back to school tomorrow)