In order to provide you with a clear and concise idea of how Learning Stations can work in
your preschool classroom, let’s begin with a working definition.
Learning Stations are separate areas set aside in the classroom specifically designed for small
group interactive learning. Each station is equipped with teacher developed learning materials
and activities which are designed to teach or reinforce a specific skill or concept. The teacher
designed materials and activities can be of various formats, including, but not limited to, work
mats, games, manipulatives, and/or worksheets.
The number of stations set up in your classroom, at any given time, should be limited to three
or perhaps four. (This will allow movement in your classroom to run smoothly.) Children are
placed in small groups, numbering four or five, which rotate from station to station, as each
activity is completed.
The Learning Stations can be either literature or theme based, but should be “related” in some
way to provide added continuity to the overall activity. Centering your stations around
children’s literature, or more specifically, around a particular children’s book, works especially
The teacher will serve as the planner and facilitator of the Learning Stations. After initially
providing the children with directions for each activity, the teacher should try to provide only a
minimal amount of support, allowing the children to successfully complete the activities at each
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