Friday, May 31, 2013
Hey Kinder Friends,
This year I decided to create a Creation Station in one of my favorite corners of my room. It is small and out of the way but it is one of the first things you see when you enter. There is not much to it but it has served us well this year.
What I liked about it most was that it was out of the way in my classroom but it was still there. In the beginning of school I noticed that it was intimidating to my kids. I suppose they were not used to having materials that could be used in an open ended way. It look some time before they really began to get creative.
I liked the rolling cart to store the materials. I labeled the drawers in such a way that I was not limited to one particular thing inside. One drawer was labeled paper and during the year we had stationary, lists, cards and more inside it. We had a drawer that had any leftover worksheets and they really liked that believe it or not.
We had stencils and collage materials and even props for puppet making. What it really turned out to serve as was a second writing center but I will never tell anyone that! As the children emerged as writer's, I noticed that this Creation Station really took off. I would sneak stuff over there and they would be so excited to find it. So this summer I am on the hunt for more materials that not only will support us creatively but also sneak in more materials that support us as writer's as well.
And I will admit we did get a little artistic with watercolors this year. It is my favorite medium to work with because children can be so independent with it. And as the year progressed, you can see in the picture below that there was no teacher at the table. I took the picture from my desk!
We were so proud of our Van Gogh inspired pictures and the parents were truly amazed at what their children had done. I think we have looked at them a million times each!