A Guide to Preschool Centers

A Guide to Preschool Centers


Episode Summary

When you are running a play-based preschool classroom, centers are the core of the program.  Carefully planned centers create an environment for learning through play because play is not a break from hard work, play is a child's work!

But sometimes, as the teacher, wrapping your head around all the moving parts of play-based centers can be a challenge!

There are So. Many. Questions. 

'Which centers should I have in my classroom? What are the most common centers? I know I want blocks and art, but what other centers should I add?'

Those questions lead to more questions... 'What do I put in the centers? What materials are essential? Also, how long should I schedule center time for? I have other things we have to do in our schedule, how long is needed for free play?'

... 'Can I keep the same materials in the centers the whole year? Won't children get bored? Should I change centers out? If so, how often should I change them?'

The Guide to Preschool Centers was created many years ago, but just got a new update. I have added answers or recommendations to ALL the questions you read above. 

Listen in! Episode 46 will walk you through ALL of your center questions!


Topics Discussed:

  • 10 different centers with material lists & learning goals
  • Ideas on which centers to change out and when
  • How long to schedule center time in your day
  • How to use my Guide to Preschool Centers
  • Center Tub Labels + The Preschool Center Hub

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Are you a busy preschool teacher who loves gaining new ideas, perspectives and inspiration for your classroom? The Lovely Preschool Teachers Podcast is here to help you up your confidence in educating early learners in a quick, actionable way!

As an early educator who is still in the classroom, Ashley Rives will share the ins and outs of how she runs her classroom in a play-based, child-centered way. Each week, expect a new episode focused on actionable strategies to level up your abilities and confidence as a preschool teacher.

Ashley Rives is an early educator with over 17 years of experience and a strong passion to help teachers implement child-centered learning in preschool classrooms all over the world. You can follow her on Instagram @lovelycommotion or learn more at the Lovely Commotion Preschool Resources website: