I agree that centers are not for everyday use. Kids do get tired of
them, and, yes, we are teachers. But centers save the day when kids
finish early. THey need a chance to choose what they want to do
sometimes. I find that the younger kids in my school do best with them.
Unfortunately, the older kids (many of them) view free time as a
socializing free time. Younger kids (4th grade and below) view
activity time as a time to get to draw what you want to draw, build what
you want to build, etc.
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.