How do you know when you’ve got a good literacy center? For me, it’s when my kids shout “YESSSS!” when I call their name to work at a certain station. If they’re excited to go, I know there’s a much better chance they’ll stay busy and engaged while I try to super-focus in on my guided reading group. Now we’re two months in and it’s time for some new literacy centers! We’ve used and reused our current set, and are reading for something fresh and engaging.
Need some new ideas? See if you can use any of these in your classroom!
- Letter stamping center
-small ink pads (I got mine from oriental trading company but I’ve also seen them at Michael’s)
-mini letter stamps (at Michael’s!…they have the small version in the $2 bins at the front of the store, and a sturdier, slightly larger set in the stamp aisle for about $8 each…bring coupons!)
–a letter template (make your own, or snag my Spanish version free here)
Time for fun! Students pull a stamp out of their bag and find it on their page. They press the stamp onto the mini ink pad and onto their page below the matching letter. This is great for matching lowercase stamps to uppercase letters (which is what we did!), but you can also match upper to upper!
Now, if I were to guess, I’d think my stamps would last nice and separated into complete sets for about 1 day. To try and make that last a little longer, I’ve taken each set and marked them with a permanent marker- just one quick line on each stamp. Now the students (and I) know which stamps belong to each set! This helps us keep a complete alphabet in each bag and helps reduce the inevitable arguing: “that’s mine, that’s mine!”
2. Number and Letter Sort
-letter images (cards, magnets, miscellaneous pieces from games)
-number images (cards, magnets, miscellaneous pieces from games)
-a letter/number sort template (snag mine here for free!)– English version also included
This keeps my little ones so busy! If your letters/numbers are ALL magnetic, the kids can use them on the back of a filing cabinet, or on a dollar store cookie baking tray. If not, they can simply sort them on the table.
3. Initial sound toy tub
-initial sound letter cards (print and laminate- grab my Spanish set for free here!)
-a tub of toys (one that matches each letter of the alphabet- even better if they match your letter cards in the classroom so that students can refer to the Alphabet chart when they get stuck)
My little ones love this center! They place a yo-yo with the letter “y” and a stuffed llama with the letter “ll”. If you get real stuck when collecting items for the tub- print a picture off the internet and laminate it. ñandú?!? I just could not find a toy version of a ñandú!
4. Tracking / Fluency Center
-mini tracking books (snag my Spanish books for free at my TPT store!) – make sure you find all five + freebie books!
Hope you find some of these useful! Got any other great and engaging centers for our little learners? Leave your ideas below! I am always looking for new ideas for my centers rotation!
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