Willie Price Lab School

The University of Mississippi

A Classroom Planned for Learning

Below is a list of learning centers included in all of the classrooms at Willie Price Lab School. These centers are not necessarily utilized by the children each day.

These centers allow the children to make choices, move freely and independently, accept responsibility, learn to cooperate and communicate with others, control their own behavior; and learn through first-hand experiences. In doing so, the child develops a positive attitude about themselves and their school, is more motivated to achieve, and accepts responsibility for his or her actions. The following list gives some benefits of learning centers.

Art Center

  • Develops creativity and imagination.
  • Develops small and large muscle skills
  • Learns about colors
  • Provides for release of positive and negative feelings
  • Increases sense awareness
  • Develops reading readiness skills
  • Discovers creative ways to use art media
  • Develops pre-writing skills

Dramatic Play Center

  • Gives opportunity to role play home experiences
  • Increases social development and communication skills
  • Develops small and large muscle coordination
  • Learns facts about himself and his environment

Block Building Center

  • Learns to work cooperatively
  • Develops gross and fine motor skills
  • Learns mathematical concepts (shape, size, balance, counting)
  • Increases creativity and decision-making skills
  • Enhances social studies development
  • Learns to respect rights of others

Science Center

  • Learns to be inquisitive and find answers through experimentation
  • Learns factual information through first-hand experiences
    (Physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, etc.)
  • Develops sense awareness
  • Develops respect for their environment
  • Provides opportunities for care of plants and animals

Library Center

  • Learns to appreciate literature
  • Learns to respect and take care of books
  • Strengthens visual perception
  • Develops reading readiness skills (Read from left to right and top to bottom)
  • Learns factual information
  • Has vicarious experiences
  • Develops imagination
  • Increases vocabulary and attention span

Math and Manipulative Centers

  • Develops habits of fair play and good sportsmanship
  • Quickens sense perceptions
  • Establishes self-confidence and self-control
  • Increases cognitive skills
  • Develops small muscle coordination
  • Develops eye-hand coordination
  • Allows for independent involvement
  • Develops problem-solving skills
  • Develops visual discrimination

Sand and Water Play Center

  • Increases sense awareness
  • Develops concepts involving space, measurement and volume
  • Develops gross and fine motor skill
  • Gives opportunities for problem solving

Cooking Center

  • Provides rich sensory experiences
  • Provides first hand opportunities to practice skills in math, reading and science
  • Provides good nutritional information
  • Develops fine motor skills