For children, centers are an invitation to independent, self-directed learning. They are able to move around the room and make their own decisions. They are involved in practicing mathematical skills and strategies in an authentic manner. They are able to work at their independent learning level without the direct assistance of a teacher or aide. This learning environment allows the children to explore, respond, construct, practice, count, classify, sort, observe, predict, connect, record, extend and apply skills in a meaningful and exciting manner.
They are designed for practice and reinforcement, thus creating an instructional block in which the teacher will have uninterrupted time on task with small learning groups. Centers are meaningful, empowering, authentic and they work!