As you can image, with the intensity of needs we serve, this put a little wrench in things. However like I always say with new students comes the opportunity for my staff and I to learn something new.
Time for a revamp! Through some thinking on my own and some brainstorming with my amazing staff, we came up with 2 more centers. Making a total of 10 centers. We use to have 8 centers each 12 to 13 minutes to account for 100 minutes, but with 10 centers we simply rotated every 10 minutes. Which was perfect for our new little learners. Remember last week how I mentioned that we want to keep students at a center for the amount of time they can engage and attend. Well, 10 minutes was our max!
So in came a free play art center (where the students had the opportunity to use the skills they had been learning all year at structured art to color, draw, cut, glue, tear, and paint) and another rug play center with a whole new purpose.
As we brainstormed, about the needs of our morning class, we realized that the original rug play was just not enough. They still needed a lot of support to engage and participate in the center and on top of that the new students needed a way to build connections with the staff and their peers.
*Note: A duplicate of this play kit was sent home with a few of our students over the summer to work on play skills and communication. What a great home activity!
Secondly, where does the rug for this play go? If you remember right this was an added center and if you remember from the classroom tour the whole classroom is used for something! So we had to get creative with the little space that was left! We actually used a 24 by30 inch carpet runner from Wal-Mart for this center. Miss Penny would simply roll it out first thing in the morning over the tile line up spots. Then after centers it was rolled back up and stored under the storage cabinets.
Lastly, one quick modification that was added, some of our students don’t have very strong core muscles and can’t sit criss-cross applesauce for very long so we accommodated their needs by adding two cube chairs and one turned into a table.