What Do Children Learn playing in Classroom Centers?

In early childhood classrooms, the rooms are arranged so that the learning can take place in centers. These are the basic centers your child experiences everyday at school.

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Manipulative/Puzzle Center

Children use fine muscles that need to be developed for later handwriting. They also use visual memory and visual motor skills to determine how things fit together. Manipulatives and puzzles require children to use reason in order to use the toys appropriately. Much use of language takes place in this center as children discuss among themselves and ask questions of the teacher.

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Book Center

Literacy development takes place every day in the class book center. Children have the opportunity to explore printed material and gain an understanding of print awareness, vocabulary development, and pre-reading skills. Alphabet skills are naturally encouraged in this center.

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Writing Center

All types of writing implements are offered. Children are encouraged to explore alphabet, spelling, name recognition, copying, tracing, coloring and “scribbling”, as precursors to formal handwriting instruction in elementary school.

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Science Center

All four sciences (physical, life, earth, and health and nutrition) are exposed to the children through experiments, exploration, observation, and discovery.

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Sensory Center

Children are learning vocabulary by exploring with a variety of mediums. They are also learning math skills (measuring, weighing, counting), science skills, and sharing. In the sensory center children also get to use the sense of touch and smell which can be a very calming activity.