Move the Children in GroupsAt the beginning of the school day, inform the children of the plan for the day, which should include which learning stations they will be participating in. Divide the children into small groups and dismiss each group to one of the learning stations. Give the children 15-20 minutes at their learning station and then have each group move on to the next station. Continue this type of rotation through all of the stations.
Clothespin MethodThis method is great for preschoolers who can count and who can move about with little supervision. Put a sign on each learning station that indicates what that station is and how many children can be at that given station at one time. Each child should have a clothespin with his or her name on it, which they can attach to the learning center they choose. If the station already has the maximum number of children at that center, the child must pick a different station.
Play a GameTake a photo of each of the learning centers, making enough copies for each child in the classroom. Prepare an envelope for each of the children with his or her name on it and put three photos in the envelope. Each photo should be labeled with a number 1, 2, or 3. When you hand the envelopes out to the children, tell them that it's their specials assignments, and dismiss the children to their first assignment.
Sing a SongHave the children sing a song as they transition from one learning center to the next. This song could be anything, since it is meant to be a signal that it's time to clean up the current learning station and then move on to the next one.
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