Have you ever thought about integrating your math, language arts, science, and social studies centers all together? I know I can’t be the only one. Well… I decided to do just that this school year in my kindergarten classroom and I have to say… I LOVE IT!
Here are a few reasons why:
#1 I can cover more in less time
As teachers, we are always feeling like we need more time. Especially for everything that we have to cover on a daily basis. With my integrated centers, I can cover more subjects and give my students a variety all at the same time. It also gives me an opportunity to be creative in the activities that I use for my centers. The students really love this variety and integrated way of learning.
#2 Students can connect their learning across subject areas
This is so much fun to watch! Students start to make connections across subject areas instead of isolated subjects. This provides several opportunities for higher thinking as well as critical thinking skills, which we know is super important. They are fascinated by how what they are learning in math can be expressed through their writing as well as in their science activities and so forth. They build upon current events and connect that with what they are learning in social studies and how they can incorporate that into a simple Keynote presentation (technology) to share with their group members.
#3 It allows me to change things up
When it comes to my centers, I really appreciate having a diverse collection of activities to choose from. This not only makes it more fun for me, but it also increases engagement for my students. And we all know high engagement is key to learning and being inspired.
These are my top 3 reasons on why Integrated Centers is an essential part of my classroom routine. Stay tuned for a video of how I run my integrated centers soon.