Math Center set up and organization for Pre-K, Preschool, or Kindergarten
How to Set Up a Math Center
How to set up a Math Center in your preschool, pre-k, Head Start or kindergarten classroom. Pictures and ideas to help you organize your math materials.
Let’s face it, no little kid wakes up in the morning and shouts, “I can’t wait to play in the math center!” That’s why it’s important that we, as teachers, create an organized and inviting space where our little learners can count, compare, sort and build a strong number sense foundation using 3-D objects they can touch and manipulate with their hands.
When you stock your math center with inviting and intriguing materials, your kids will start building those critical math skills without even realizing that they’re doing anything other than having fun!
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Posted by Pre-K Pages on Monday, April 18, 2016
Manipulatives and Tools
When it comes to stocking your center, it’s important to keep in mind how much wear and tear the objects you choose will have to withstand. When you have lots of little children touching and playing with the materials they’ll need to be very sturdy to survive daily use. Here are some of the items that have withstood the tests of time in my own classroom:
- Balance Scale
- Pattern Blocks
- Teddy Bear Counters
- Transportation Counters
- Farm Animal Counters
- Domestic Pet Counters
- Mathlink Cubes
- Number Bots
- Measuring Tape
- Math Center Sign
- Picture Books
- Counting Birthday Cakes
- Shape Puzzles
Center Set-Up Tips
Each tub in the center is open on top and labeled with a picture of the materials along with the words. It’s important to place labels on each end of your tubs. as well as a matching picture on the shelf.
Using open tubs and picture labels will facilitate a quick and easy clean-up. The words on the labels will help create a print-rich environment in your classroom and pique the interest and curiosity of your little learners.
The Math Center Sign provides a picture of what a clean center looks like in case your students need a reminder.
What to Put Out and When
Teachers always ask if I put out all of these materials on the first day of school and the answer is NO, that would be a complete disaster. In order to have a functional center, each tub or item that is placed on the shelf is introduced to the children during large or small group time. When they have learned how to use the item and demonstrated that they can use it successfully, then and only then will it be placed on the shelf in the center.