The monthly themes for the month of June are Splash into Summer and Summer Olympics. Our monthly independent learning centers have have a summertime makeover for the last weeks of school.
Our Sorting Station, with it’s famous yellow sorting wheel, is now home to a variety of seashells of various sizes, shapes, and colors. At this center, we have provided a famous TONGUE TWISTER: “She sells seashells by the seashore.” While children are attempting to say this silly phrase five times fast, they can categorize the lovely shells by whichever characteristic they choose.
The Magnificent Math Center boasts a piece of Kids’ Korner at Macdonough School history; a FISHY math problem that was created and drawn by Chaelyn and Jen B. in 2007. Children are still baffled by our tricky ocean-themed mathematics. First, we see if you can accurately name all of the fishy friends. Can you then find the hidden names of the poster’s creators in the colorful fish?
The Super Science Center is sporting some serious sea specimens. At this center, children can use a MAGNIFYING GLASS to inspect some actual sea life that has been preserved in plastic casts. A crab! A sea horse! A shrimp! A starfish!….Sorry, a Sea Star. Children can inspect them top and bottom, up close and personal.
Also at the Super Science Center is a mini-lesson on sea turtles, with some friends made of stuffing.
Also at the Super Science Center is a lesson in distinguishing what makes a fish. A poster that states the very definition of what makes a creature a fish is provided, along with a fish model and magnifying glass for up close inspection. Also at this center is an additional board which teaches parts of a fish, like gills, fins, scales, and more.
Our World Studies Center (sometimes our multicultural center) is focused on geography this month, namely our world’s bodies of water. The “WHAT A WATER-FULL WORLD” center has two placemat maps of our Earth and more magnifying glasses so children can seek out the names and locations of oceans, seas, bays, canals, and other bodies of water and waterways on our planet.
A Pop-Corn Reading Center features five copies of the same non-fiction science text, “Water Habitats” so children can learn along with a friend.
This month’s Creation Station is: “BIG FISH: A Whale of a Tale”….Children are encouraged to look at the colorful pictures depicting sea life and in turn tell a tall-tale of the biggest creature they ever caught from the sea (and include a picture).
Book Nook: Ocean Reading Center- As usual, our Themed Reading Center boasts a large variety of books (non-fiction and fiction) about our monthly theme. Not surprisingly, the children’s favorite book in this lot is “Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise.”
These are the final learning centers of the 2013-2014 School Year. We look forward to providing the children with more Independent Learning Centers in the upcoming school year.