Our classrooms bustle with activity as the children move from center to center. In Pre-K, children laugh and help each other find the right match for a fire dog number matching game, and the sounds of Kindergartens figuring out the best way to balance the blocks for their building is a reflection of the value of cooperation. In order to encourage the development of skills and concepts taught in class, as well as a child’s imagination, students explore theme-based centers during “center time.” This time is either directed by the teacher or a “free” period during which children have opportunities both collectively and independently to choose a sustained activity. These activities may include math, writing and drawing, reading, science, housekeeping, building and painting. As the curriculum evolves throughout the year, so do the centers.