The topic for this study will focus on how a teacher can create independent and engaging learning centers while addressing curriculum requirements. The purpose of this study is to explore the need for kindergarten students to participate in developmentally appropriate learning in the classroom that includes movement, imagination, and play while their teacher fulfills the curriculum requirements set by administrators, the school district, state, and federal government. At this stage in the research, learning centers will be defined as stations located throughout the classroom with set learning activities focusing on math, reading, writing, science, social studies, art, and technology.
The literature in this study revealed three main themes concerning learning centers. First, learning through play is important to the developmental growth of kindergarten students. Second, learning centers are used to make learning fun for young students and often involve movement and imagination. Third, it is the teacher’s responsibility to guarantee that the curricular demands and the students’ developmental needs are met when designing and implementing learning centers.