I have developed many centers for use during the literacy block of kindergarten. Each set includes:
2 Writing Center Activities
2 Word Work Center Activities
2 Letters and Sounds Activities
2 Reading Buddy Activities
2 Listening Center Activities
The centers are designed to provide the teacher with
2 weeks of Thematic, Ready to Use Literacy Centers.
Simply print out the center labels with directions and laminate them or slip them into a sheet protector.
Then run enough blacklines for the students to complete the activities. A few centers may require you to laminate and cut materials for student use.
This unit was designed to be used during the first two weeks of school. Little Raccoon will show the students how to work at each station. The activities are simple and each focuses on one of 10 nursery rhymes. Each activity center also has a coloring sheet for students who finish early. The coloring sheet has the rhyme and can be used as a school to home connection activity.
How to manage the centers:
I have five small center tables in my classroom. Each table has two chairs. Next to the table I have a 3 drawer container with all of the supplies needed for the centers. I cut a science fair display board in half to make a 13 1/2" high trifold. I display the directions on the trifold. I have hot glued three plastic sleeves to the trifold. I can simply slide the directions easily into the plastic sleeve. I also added a little pocket to hold the names of the students going to each center. (At the beginning of the year, I add the child's photo next to the name.) Each afternoon I then rotate the names to the next center.
Literacy Center Management Continued:
I have a 60 minute small group rotation. Students are divided into 3 groups of 6 students each by ability. One group stays with me and does small group reading instruction. One group is at literacy stations. The third group is either on computers or doing some type of seatwork/writing assignment that connects to our theme. The group at literacy stations is then divided further into partner groups. Partners work together to complete the activities in this unit.