I think I can... I think I can... I think I can...
I don't know about you, but the end of the year is absolutely CRAZY! This year, we had a lot of "through the year" breaks, so we're not getting out of school until AFTER Memorial Day. The kids are ready & they KNOW it's time to be out. Which lends itself to pure and absolute craziness!
Enter Sanity Centers.
That's what we call them anyway. The kids call them "Ocean Learning Stations", but Sanity Centers is a much better name for them. It's something my team & I do at the end of the year so we can find some time to do all that end of year paperwork, assessing, and cleaning that just has to be done. We are furloughed for most of our post-planning,, so we have to get a lot of stuff done before the kids even leave.
Don't worry, it's educational, but it's also wonderful. :) And, the best part is this whole thing will last me the next 10 days! Woo hoo!! Easy planning :)
Okay, here's what it looks like... (*Caution - Picture Heavy Post...but a BUNCH of FREEBIES ahead!)
There are 18 centers throughout the classroom. I label them or the baskets they're in to match the ticket. The kids are allowed to complete them at their own pace and in the order they choose.
There are only a few rules..
1 - No more than 2 people at any center, at any time
2 - You must work quietly and not disrupt others
3 - You must FULLY COMPLETE a center before you move on to another one. And, your work must be your BEST work. No rushing.
Here's some pictures of the centers (learning stations) in my room that match the ticket...
Math Facts Practice, Summer Word Search, and Write a Letter to a Kindergartener..
Once Upon a First Grade Adventure
Watercolor Painting: Draw and color a picture with CRAYONS only. Then, paint over the picture with BLUE watercolor. Cute !
Synonym Shark: Students make a shark using construction paper & a paper plate. Then, they sort and cut ONLY synonyms to the shark :) This craft came from Almost Unschoolers.
I don't have a good picture of this, but I made fishing poles from cardboard tubes and duct tape. I attached a magnet to the poles and then made Ocean ABC Order cards with paper clips on them. The kids fish for the words & then put them in ABC order...
*The clip art is from Scrappin' Doodles. Love them!
There are a few more paper/pencil stations, but you get the point. :) The kids LOVE this & it keeps them busy...Win! WIN! :)
If you would like some freebies... click HERE.
The Zip File includes 8 PDF's.....
1) Kindergarten Letter Writing
2) Scuba Diver Patterns (3..snorkel, mask, noses)
3) Sunken Treasure Writing
4) ABC order cards
5) ABC order recording sheet
6) Fact Family Kite page
** Update.....HERE are the center labels, too.... Just click the picture!
So, that's it. Easy Peasy!
The set up takes a while, but it's so worth it!! The amount of time per day we spend doing this varies depending on what else we have going on, but they do this for a couple hours a day at least.
We started this a few years ago, and it has become our true sanity at the end of the year. I hope you like & there's something you can use.
I'm liking up with Friday Freebies with this post, too... I just love this linky :)
If you're out of school tomorrow, YIPPPEE for you (AND I'm so sticking my tongue out at you)...and if you have a while... You can do it !! :)
Happy Friday, friends... thanks for stopping by! I love your comments, so if you think you can use this in your room or you do something similar, I'd love to hear about it!