Sunday, April 15, 2012

Recess Centers, a Winner, and Tax Sale!

I know with the weather getting warmer everyone is having outside recess more often, but I wanted to share an idea that I've been using the last couple of years.  I'm a pretty organized person, at home and at school, so I couldn't stand the craziness of inside recess.  

My kiddos would come back to my room so loud and running around trying to find someone to play with and a game/activity to play.  So, since I was already doing centers for reading (this was before the awesomeness of Daily 5) I decided to create Recess Centers!  And, let me tell you....I think this might have been one of my best ideas ever!  :)  

I used a smaller pocket chart and printed all of my kiddos' names on labels so that I could easily move them around.  Then, I created 6 centers or activities they were allowed to play during inside recess and posted them at the front of each row on the chart.  Here is a picture of my Recess Center Chart:

The six recess centers I had this year were Lincoln Logs, Coloring, Games, Puzzles, Legos, and Computers.  Depending on how many kiddos I have, I put 3-4 kiddos in a group.  I try to change the groups around every nine weeks so that they have time to play with other friends.  

One more great thing I started this year is only the first person is allowed to get the game/activity.  I have a specific place in the room where each center can happen.  The other kiddos go straight to that spot.  The first name is the one allowed to get the game out of the Recess Center cabinet.  This keeps everyone from pushing and shoving to get into the cabinet.  I change this responsibility too throughout the year.  Here is a picture of my labeled Recess Center cabinet:

I put labels where each center should go so they can easily find what they are looking for and so they keep my centers favorite word!  :)

This has worked extremely well for me.  My kiddos love it and are much more calm and responsible with my recess things.    

Now....for the winners of my What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up Pack!!  

The winners are....

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Mrs. Richling 

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Sandra at Sweet Times in First

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Kelly B at Busy in Kindergarten

Congrats, ladies!  I'll be emailing those out to your shortly.  Hope your kiddos enjoy!  

This pack is also available on my TpT store so make sure and check it out!  :)

I've also jumped on the bandwagon....I'm having a sale today and tomorrow!  Click on the picture to visit my store:


Journey of a Substitute Teacher (Ms. T) said...

Inside recess centers...brilliant! I dread inside recess and with Oregon weather, we have rain a lot. Thanks for sharing!

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Tammy said...

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Mrs. Brown said...

Thanks so much! I got my email!

Lisa R. said...

I absolutely love it!! Thanks! :)


Mrs. Nunley said...

I am LOVING the idea of recess centers! Awesome!

First Grade Magic

Casey Wiggins said...

I do inside recess centers also and verbally tell them how many people can be at each space. I love the idea of having it more organized! Thanks!

Second Grade Math Maniac Blog

Susie Q said...

I LOVE the inside recess centers idea. My school usually has a ton of inside days. This is awesome! Thank you for sharing.

Pam Olivieri said...

I am your newest follower! Your blog looks awesome! Great ideas!

Busy Bees said...

Love the idea of recess centers!! Our monitors put in a video and sometimes the kids are good about watching it and other times....not so good!

Kdg Mo said...

Hi Rachel!!

I'm so happy you're following me & that I found your blog! I love your recess centers! I'm thinking about doing something similar for next year :)


Jenn Long said...

Let me try that again...
Thanks for posting on my blog! I'm NOW (the post I deleted said not...geesh!) following you too! :)
Can't wait to explore your blog more!

A Pirates Life for Us

Sandra said...

I am your 97th follower, almost 100. WooHoo! I am also a first grade teacher. I love the Daily 5! Please stop by and visit my blog when you get a chance.
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Tara said...

I'm your 100th follower!
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Mrs. Lindsey said...

Recess centers is the way to go. It totally makes inside recess much more managable. :)

I'm your newest follower!

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Clip Art by Carrie Teaching First said...

Love the inside recess centers idea...I HATE inside recess! Maybe now I won't!!!!

C&C Teach First

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