- my mom--she has a way of finding the neatest things that I can put to use in my classroom. I love when she calls me and tells me she is sending me something that she thinks I can probably use. Then she usually calls a couple weeks later to ask me what I used it for!
- yard sales and flea markets--an object will just catch my eye and I figure out a way to use it.
- Dollar Tree--this store is like a treasure hunt for me! I walk through every aisle and look at everything they have, but in the back of mind I am thinking about what kind of reading or writing activity I can do with it.
- Target--see Dollar Tree, but only when I have a gift card (or my mom is buying)!
- Walmart--especially look in the party supplies section.
- Lowes and Home Depot--grab paint sample cards! Walmart also has them. Get the strips with different color shades and also the solid ones.
- retiring teachers--they love to get rid of their junk.
- gallery walks---when I have to go to other schools for workshops I always write down centers that I see set up in other teachers' classrooms
- blogs--other teachers are so creative and we all love to share
- You Tube--this is a great place to see centers in action
- Pinterest--if you are not on this website, then wait until the weekend to check it out...you won't want to get off!
Friday, January 20, 2012
When I share my centers with my teammates, they usually ask me, "how do you come up with your ideas? Where do you get the stuff for your centers?" I do not use premade, commercial centers such as file folder games. I think that children respond better to authentic and orginal activities. The list for where I get my inspiration is long and varied: