I just finished my first year in Kindergarten. I was shocked
to see that there was no center time. Since I was sort of an
overflow classroom, I didn't have painting easels,
kitchen/housekeeping set, etc., anyway.
We had a day where other teachers from our district came
through various classrooms at our school, asking the kids what
they were learning, why they thought they were learning it,
etc. My kids were in the process of doing a cut-and-paste
activity. One of my students was asked "why are you doing this
project", and very proudly, she evidently answered, "we need
to learn to use scissors." A little later, a teacher from our
school told me about the discussion that this answer caused.
Some county administrator said, "but that's not a kindergarten
CC standard!" Four teachers turned to him and said, "Perhaps
it should be. Whoever designed the CCSS kinder curriculum
forgot about such things as scissor skills, water play,
housekeeping, as part of a learning curriculum."
My "centers" to that point had involved rotations -- seatwork,
electronics (computer and iPads), Word Work (ABC and reading
centers), and Listening Center. After that, twice a week, I
dug out things that the kids needed to just "play" with. Since
my room wasn't set up as a kinder room, I was limited to some
puzzles, Base Ten blocks (should have seen the buildings that
got constructed from those), Geoblocks (ditto), Unifix cubes,
some old stuffed animals that had belonged to my now-grown
daughters, and a few other things. Kids got to choose what
they played with, and they had to learn to solve their own
disagreements. THAT'S a big thing, right there!
I'm moving to a real kinder classroom for the fall, and I
intend to bring out the rice or sand table, housekeeping, and
more....maybe once a week. I'm with the previous poster -- do
a center and then "write" about it. Why not?!