I have been wanting to incorporate more learning centers into our workbox schedule this year. The problem is that with only two children and both being so different that after they are done using a center they are not used again unless I can find someone to give them to. I have been trying to think of some ideas for centers that can be changed around and reused by each child in different ways. I made an apple tree poster center for each of my boys this weekend and I am excited about them because I think they can be used longer than some things I have created in the past.
Tyler's Apple Tree
For Tyler's apple tree I took a blue poster board. I then cut out a tree out of a brown and a green poster board and attached them to the blue board. My wonderful teachers assistant (my husband) took it to the local teacher supply store and had it laminated because I only have a small laminator. I then used diecut apples and wrote one side of some of the equivalent mesurement problems he has been working on in math. I laminated them and attached them to the tree with velcro.
After that I used Microsoft word to create a template for the flash cards that go with the poster. Each card has an equal sign on it and I wrote the other side of an equivalency to go with the apples. I then laminated the flash cards and attached a small strip of velcro to the side of the equation on wich the apple will go. I holepunched the cards and put them together with a book ring. They are hanging by the poster on a small hook.
His job at this center is to look at each card and find the matching apple and attach it to the card.
These cards and apples are for linear measurements but I hope to make some for liquid measurement, vocabulary words, Bible verse and reference matching, and a lot more. It took me awhile to make this but with a template saved on Word for the cards it will be simple for me to make a lot more sets. Tyler was interested in the new poster and asked if he will be doing it tomorrow. He likes anything that gives him an opportunity to get out of his seat and do something hands on. I think this will be a favorite.
Christian's Apple Tree
Christian's apple tree started in exactly the same way as Tyler's. His activities will obviously be a lot simpler. It is important when trying something new with him that his initial experience be very positive and easily accomplished. I made this a very simple two color sorting activity. I first printed an apple pattern on to both green and red cardstock. I then laminated them and velcroed them on to the tree. I used to Jello boxes for the sorting pockets. I covered them with white cardstock and glued on a matching apple.
I also used velcro to attach the boxes to the poster so in the future I could use other boxes for different activities.
I forsee also using this poster for a variety of activities. I will start with matching activities and then hopefully move on to classifying. I hung this on the wall this afternoon and he took me over to check it out. He completed it with me and so I think he will enjoy his poster a lot!