Centers
Centers are station activities of integrated subjects that students can choose to work independently and/ in small groups.
Through participating at centers, students learn to engage, to cooperate, to communicate, to organize, to create, to problem solve, to lead, and to take responsiblity (by demonstrating, making choices, using the eqipments properly, and sharing with others).
Centers are scheduled only 1~2 times a week in Grade One. Students may also play centers quietly if they finish their assigned class work early.

The centers in our class are:
1. Library -Students learn to:
-to imagine
-ask questions
-recognize letters and words
-make connections to what they already know
-tell a story from the pictures
-create pictures in their minds
-view and talk about books and pictures of different themes

2. Art - Students learn to:
-be creative
-appreciate art work
-use their fine motor skills
-explore and handled different textures, shapes, sizes, and materials
-use different painting, drawing, coloring, and cutting tools
-experiment with color, line, and shape
-represent what is known from experience
-take risks

3. Science - Students learn to:
-discover how things work
-predict and observe
-ask questions, explore, and compare
-solve problems and make conclusions
-experience and gain understanding about the world
-take risks

4. Drawing, Cutting, and Writing - Students learn to:
-experiment wih print
-develop fine motor skills
-represent their ideas in a variety of ways
-use literacy related materials
-recognize some letters and words
-explore the purpose and function of written language
-take risks

5. Puzzles - Students learn to:
-problem solve
-recognize and make patterns and sequences
-recognize colors
-concentrate
-develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
-explore spatial orientation
-be patient and to persevere


6. Games - Students learn to:
-strategize and problem solve
-recognize patterns and sequences
-count and develop number concept
-concentrate
-play cooperatively with others
-be patient and to persevere
-take risks

7. Building (e.g.Tubes/Lego/Blocks/Foam Tiles) - Students learn to:
-build with their hands to improve gross and fine motor coordination
-compare sizes and shapes
-sort, classify and count
-share and work cooperatively
-try out their ideas and problem solve
-use their imagination

8. Puppets - Students learn to:
-work cooperatively with others
-plan, organize and practice
-be creative
-express their ideas
-communicate through creative storytelling
-role play to explore character and emotion
-take risks
-perform

9. Flannel board - Students learn to:
-sort, classify, and count
-work cooperative with others
-be creative
-express their ideas
-communicate through creative storytelling
-role play to explore character and emotion
-take risks

10. House/ Dramatic Play - Students learn to:
-play cooperative with others
-make decisions and solve problems in peaceful ways
-be responsible
-be creative and use imagination
-experience and gain understanding about the world
-share and take turns
-speak and listen
-role play

11. Math - Students learn to:
-sort, classify, and count
-recognize patterns, shapes, numbers, sizes, and numerals (0-9)
-measure and compare
-share and take turn
-appreciate math through participating in games and creating math art
-problem solve
-ask questions and express their ideas

12. Listening - Students learn to:
-listen attentively to stories and music played in a cd player
-appreciate music, literature, and poetry
-read, left to right and top to bottom (concepts of print in English)
-develop auditory memory for sounds, letters, and words
-track words (point with finger)

13. Computer Lab- Students learn to:
-use the mouse and the keyboard
-develop typing skills
-use and play various educational English computer games