Center signs are a way to keep parents and administrators informed of what we are learning in the classroom. The signs are typically displayed throughout the classroom in each center. The pictures or icons used on each center sign can also help young children locate their centers.
I didn't start out having center signs in my classroom. I just assumed that everybody knew the value of play and the importance of using centers in the early childhood classroom. Things changed drastically however when I moved to a different school in another state. I quickly discovered that putting signs on each center with brief descriptions of what we were doing was a necessity.
I started out with purchased center posters from the teacher store but they were expensive and their large size made it difficult to find a way to display them in each center. Next, I moved to some I found on-line but I wasn't comfortable with the wording and not all the icons matched my centers. To make a long story short I decided to make my own center signs that are aligned with the Common Core standards. Notice I said "aligned" because there are not currently any Common Core standards for Pre-K.
Here is the ABC Center sign. Please let me know if you like this one so I will know if I should continue making the entire set. I would love to hear your suggestions for improvement or your list of centers to include.
I also have a cute idea for displaying the signs that I will share on the blog at a later date.
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