Winter Literacy Centers

Here is a glimpse of our literacy centers for the next two weeks!
Hat’s Off to Snowman – CVC Word Match – I used just the blend set this time.  My kids have gotten a lot of practice with three letter CVC words, I thought I would challenge them a bit with 4 letter words! They rose to the challenge.   (I attached the hats with velcro – there are 5 pairs in a baggie.)
This is my Snowflakes in a Jar – Ending sounds sort. The children sort the snowflakes by their ending sounds – it was a bit tricky for them since they are SO used to listening for the ending sounds.  I will definitely be creating a Valentine version of this game!
I do a roll-a-sight-word center every round. The kids always know what to expect from this center.  These dice are pretty awesome too – I got them at our local teacher store – I think there were math activities for them – but I love them for this center.  I keep a table on my computer (word doc) and just program the new words, print, and insert them in the vinyl pockets.  So much faster than making wooden dice – and they are big and SOFT!! (NO NOISE!)
I love this center!  There are 2,3,and 4 letter words in the Kindergarten kit, and up to 6 letter words in the first grade kit.  I started off with 3 baggies with 4 words in each (organized by the number of letters).  I mounted each card to scrapbook paper and printed the coordinating letters on the back of the same scrapbook paper for easier organization! I used velcro dots to attach the letters to the cards.  No lost letters yet!  The kids love re-scrambling the letters for the next child too – they always try to make it really tricky!! Smile 
This is a syllable center that I got from Brooke Perry over at Primary Perspectives.  If you haven’t seen her blog yet, you should definitely check it out!  I made the response sheet to go with it.  Thanks Brooke!
I also have a listening center each week.  For this round, the children are listening to this sweet book called Pip & Squeak.  The response sheet focuses on character and setting.  You can download the response sheet here!
This is another center that I found at Primary Perspectives.  It was one that I planned on making, but she beat me to it.  It involved rhyming discrimination.  There are 3 cards in a baggie, and the children have to decide which word doesn’t rhyme.
I also have a letter/sound sort each week.  The clipart comes from a Carson Dellosa A-Z clip art book/cd.  It’s really a great resource to have – tons of clip art!
Those are my centers for the next 2 weeks! If you have any questions, let me know!
On a side note – we had cupcakes for a child’s birthday today.  Cupcakes with   BLUE frosting.  Picture that in your mind….. 16 kinders with blue frosting all over their sweet little  faces…. Smile

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PS – It’s Friday tomorrow!!


  1. Kathleen,
    Could I ever get a copy of your roll a word template?


  2. I am with Christy...can you post a copy of your roll a word template?? :) What a super idea!!! there a limit you set for rolling the dice? I see a few of my kids rolling the dice 4 or 5 times, copying down a few words, and then moving on to their next station.

  3. I would love a copy of the response sheet you created for the rhyming words. :) I love this week's centers! I plan on RUNNING to the teacher store to find the 'word' die! I can't wait to use it next week! Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. Bethany and erinee21 - send me an e-mail! :)

  5. I noticed you said that you will use these centers for two weeks. I'm curious as to how you run your centers and how these would last for two weeks. I seem to try a different way to run centers every year but am not satisfied with the ways. Right now I have the kids in four groups and rotate centers every ten minutes. Then my activities are done and I need four more for the next day. I appreciate the information:)

  6. I made a reference to something 'being blue like a smurf' last year and got 20 deer-in-headlights looks. They had no clue what I was talking about! :( Maybe they'll come out with the Smurf movie soon and the younger generations can get clued in! :D

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