Center time is probably the most important time during the day for a kindergartener. It allows them the time they need developmentally, to explore their environment and make sense of what they are learning. It is not a quiet time, nor is it a noisy time, but a time when they can use their voices to communicate with friends, show excitement, or ask questions. It is an opportunity for them to move around their classroom and manipulate various objects.
Center time is usually about 45 minutes in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. Children choose what center they would like by moving their nametag on the center choice board. Each center has a set number of children that can play there at a time. This is to ensure that not too many children are in one center at a time. Children understand that when they choose a center they are responsible to play there for “awhile” and cleanup what they used before they leave. Children are encouraged to use various centers and make the most of their center time experience.