Literacy Centers

Literacy centers time is one of my favorite times because the children can explore, play, learn and interact with each other.


My ideas on the
"perfect" literacy activities.

I think that the most important thing to remember when setting up stations is that the children should be engaged in fun learning. If the activities aren't engaging, the kids won't participate or learn in them.

My children are in primary literacy activities for 1 hour a day.

This is when I do my Daily 5 cycle.

All of my stations have some form of literacy in them - reading, writing, phonemic awareness, listening, story telling.

I let the children pick the activity to go to because it cuts down on behavior problems.

The books and baskets area is always popular. The students sit in laundry baskets and enjoy their favorite stories.

In my tent I put old games, flashcards and magnets for the students to use.

Boom! Boom! Clap! My kids love to boogie and learn with music. Students learn by singing - why not capitalize on that!

Students work on cut and glue skills while promoting small motor skills and literacy.

Have some engaging pictures? Have the kids look, think and write about what they see.

Playing house? Bump up the literacy in your housekeeping area and have your kids learn skills for living.

Do you have little scientists in your class? The
science content can help you build literacy skills.

Twitter for kids? Sure! Make a message board for your students to write to each other.


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