Primary students are always on the move! It is best to keep them as busy as possible.
I do not keep a seating arrangement. I allow my students to move and work wherever they feel comfortable. (Of course, I model each of their choices when I introduce material or center.) I recommend doing what works best for your classroom. I believe that if students are engaged and being safe, they can usually sit or work wherever they want.
Keep it exciting by changing up tools and materials.
Though painting is always a choice for students, I try to change the painting materials monthly. I might add stamps, different types of tools, or introduce mono-printing. Diversifying tools for young students to use will keep them engaged and excited. I usually will go through my supply cabinet to find new and exciting tools to place in the center boxes. I have to use my imagination, but sometimes something as simple as plastic spoons will be exciting. My son is pictured on the left using the DIY cardboard easels and spoons in the painting center choices that month.
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