Why Centers in the Classroom?
Young children are active learners who touch, feel, experiment and create. An effective classroom will have centers designed to relate to the world of active learners. Young children are interested in the world in which they live; centers are symbolic representation of their world. In centers they can try out many ideas and rearrange happenings to fit their level of understanding. They can build confidence and begin to believe that they are capable learners.
In centers small groups of children work together, enabling children to interact more frequently than in large groups. Children work cooperatively while getting immediate response to their ideas, communication and work.
Play is an essential component of a quality early childhood program; play is children’s work and children want to play. In play, children develop problem solving skills by trying different ways of doing things and determining the best approach. In play, children use language to carry out their activities, expanding and refining their language as they talk with and listen to the other children.
When playing, they learn about other people as they try out different roles and adjust to working together. Play nurtures children’s development in all areas: intellectual, social/emotional and physical.
Resource: The Complete Learning Center Book Rebecca Isbell