Creating a Learning Center for Preschool

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Preschools typically have a number of learning centers, including those for reading, art materials, blocks and science. Find out how to set up learning centers with help from a preschool teacher in this free video on preschool learning centers.

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Hi, my name is Krista Blessing and I'm going to show you how to create a learning center for preschool. Now, there are all types of learning centers. There are block centers where they can have their blocks and their cars, and an art center where they have free access to art materials, and those are just a couple examples. But, I'm going to talk to you about how to make a reading center, and what you'll need is all different types of books. You want to have realistic books, multicultural books, books that rhyme, books about children that they can identify with, and just make sure that they have easy access to the books. So, maybe have them on a tiered shelving system, and that can help too for them to be able to pull them out, and you just want them visible also in that area. Another thing is, you want to kind of have it away from your noisier centers. So, for example, if you have the block center, or maybe the science center where kids are doing all kinds of stuff and they're maybe running around, making car noises, you want to kind of keep that a little bit separate from your reading center where the kids are able to wind down and just kind of look at books. You can also have some headphones for them that are attached, maybe to a CD player or cassette tape, and they can listen to those. And then also, you want to have stuffed animals. Stuffed animals are nice because, with stuffed animals the kids can kind of snuggle in with them, and they can also pretend like they're reading to them or anything like that. And, you just want to make sure that you get ones that are appropriate for that particular age group, maybe something they can identify with, like animals, and they really do like animals a lot at that age. So, you can probably use something like that; have all sizes; maybe have a big pillow like a bean bag pillow in there, also. And, that's just a couple of ideas for how to set up your reading center for your preschoolers.

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