An engaging soft landing idea that will make your life easier and make your students happy!
This resource includes signs and posters to start welcome centers in your classroom.
My students start each day by following the first steps that are posted on a closet door. These include unpacking, moving lunch cards, handing in notes, and tidying up their desks.
After students finish first steps, they go look at their first step poster. Our school has cycle days so I mark the day with a small sticky note. Students find their choice and then get started. I have used table colors or sight words to find their center. I have a small bookshelf that has a shelf for art, building and puzzles.
The art bins can be taken back to the table. I fill the bins with things like paper, stencils, colored pencils and step-by-step drawing books.
The building bins can be taken to tables or to the carpet. I rotate what is included in the bins. It can be legos, blocks, magnatiles, play doh, or anything else fun to build with.
The puzzles are typically floor puzzles and I rotate them by theme. Most of my puzzles were purchased through scholastic with bonus points.
The books center is around a small table or could be in your library area. I put out seasonal books and students love looking through them.
For computers I usually use a website like starfall or razkids.