In our class we do a plan, do, review. Here is what our planning time looks like. After our morning circle we have work time or you might call in center time, before the children leave the group area we let them know what is happening in the areas which is written on the white board along with how many children can be in each area. As the children tell us where they are going and what they are going to do in that area we tally each child’s answer. This allows them and us to see how many children have already chosen an area and to see what is still open.
By having planning time it helps the children know what they are headed to do and what they are going to do when they get there. Children will not be left wondering around the room and finding out things to do that might not be what is expected of them.