I am so happy to be joining in the Bright Ideas Link Up today!
Here is a Bright Idea to make your learning centers fun and effective.
Anytime stamping is involved, my kids interest level skyrockets!
Stamps are a quick, easy way for students to practice independently.
Stamping at Literacy Centers
Our go-to at the word work center is stamp a word with spelling and high frequency words. This is one additional way to use different manipulatives to practice their words. We have also used stamps at the writing center for editing.
Stamping at Math Centers
Students use math stamps for concept development during centers. We have used number stamps, money stamps and even clock stamps to practice skills. Students have also used seasonal stamps for number concept development as well as patterning.
Now, before you say, "No way!" to stamping due to the possible mess,
look at these quick tips to help you and your students stay clean and on focused!
1. Use multiple stamp pads that are the same color for the center so colors do not get mixed. I usually let up to two children share one pad.
2. Have a designated place for stamp pads to be put down at the center. Letter stamps go back on the trays that are pre-marked with the letter names. A labeled paper towel is a great idea too!
3. Have wet wipes available the center to wipe fingers as needed.
Model how to hold the stamps while stamping and to put them down correctly.