Monday, July 6, 2009
Well, here it is. Some of you are probably saying it's about time. Way to keep us on pins and needles! Do you know what it is? Have any guesses? Let's see we have the Block Center, Family Center, Cooking Center, Art Center...hhmmm. What could it be? Okay, okay, if you haven't already guessed, it's the Quiet Center.
Quiet Center? In a child care facility. Who came up with this? Actually, you probably already have this center. This would be the place where the child can go and just sit down. Away from all the hustle and bustle of the other centers. You may call this the Book Center or the Library Center. This center is important because sometimes everyone needs a quiet place to retreat to, sometimes just to regroup before building the next big masterpiece.
I have always called this the Book Center. We have a large carpet with some shelves of books, plus a shelf of easily seen books which coordinate with what we are doing in the classroom at the time. The children come here and just take some time out to sit and look at or read a book, or just lay on the carpet. I used to have big pillows in the area, but they got used for things other than relaxing with a good book.
Our Quiet Center has also taken on the aspect of picnic center the last couple of years. I think because it is a big space everyone can spread out for a picnic--at least they are having fun.
We have now finished all the primary centers that a childcare facility should have, according to Ms. Maxine Cornwell. Have fun creating these great centers. I am in the midst of redoing my block center and family center. I'll send pictures along soon.