The most popular center in school: Free Art! This area is used almost all day long. I am replenishing this area at least 3 times a week. This past Saturday I volunteered and shopped at Treasures 4 Teachers and found an awesome treasure (well, more like 50). I was able to snag a bin organizer for a lot less than at Target. I brought that to school with me early this morning and started the transformation. I kept the small shelf for things like scissors, glue, markers, stencils, crayons, tape, etc, etc. I filled the bins with collage materials, construction paper scraps, lunch bags, coffee filters, chopsticks, old cards (shamrocks and pooh/friends spring pic) and many other odd art materials. The morning class was already a magnet (which was awesome because out of all 3 of my classes, they are the least likely to spend time there). I can't wait to see the look on my afternooners faces! I always offered a plethora of stuff in the art center, but it never was organized and easily accessible.
Thank you T4T for being a place of inspiration. I have become better at being an open-ended teacher and thank you for all the hard work you do to give us the opportunities to give to all of the children in our care!