What are learning centers in preschool?
Learning centers are clearly defined areas within the classroom that guide play in a specific direction. Some centers include: Block center, Library, Art center, Dramatic Play center, Sensory center and Writing center.
Center time allows young children the chance to engage in activities with a purpose. When children are given the chance to freely pick an area of the classroom in which to play, interest increases and discipline issues decrease. Learning centers being organized into areas, tubs or bookshelves provides children with spatial awareness and even young children are capable of sorting and organizing to maintain order.
Each center offers unique growth in social skills, self-regulation, and oral language development.