Literacy Work Stations
Here are some pictures I just took of our current Literacy Work Stations. The activities will change in them about once a month or so–depending upon when we get bored with them. I will pull different activities in and keep some of the old ones out or even hide them for another time in the future. At this point, the activities are pretty self explanatory, but if you have any questions–please ask!
Classroom Library Station and poster
Big Book Work Station and Poster (I store my Big Books that the children are allowed to use in this tub–all others are kept in my big book cart.
Rainbow words that will become part of the Word Work Station
This is the current activity at the Word Work Station–each day when a different student is the Special Helper, we cut their name up (the Building Blocks way) and put it in an envelope. The students who visit this station put the letters back together and say them outloud. They are only allowed to get out one name at a time at this point.
New station today–I got 4 brand new Schoolhouse Leap Pads from a grant I wrote on DonorsChoose.org (Thank you Washington Township Schools Foundation!!). I also received 13 new books to go with them. They each came with a AC adapter and headphones!! I’m in Leap Pad Heaven!!
OOOPS! This picture should be up with the Word Work Station. This is our word wall. After reading Debbie Dillers’ book, I headed her suggestion to put it on a magnetic surface so it’s interactive. The kids will use this for ABC sequencing activities, name recognition, and several other games.
This is our overhead Work Station. I would love to have it in a stationary spot, but because of the arrangement of our tables and where the screen is located, we have to roll it back and forth–I’m thinking of changing things around a little though to help with this problem.
Anyway, there is a box of magnetic letters stored with the overhead and the kids use that to spell their names and to make other words they see. I have more letters available if they need more to spell words.
This is my new and improved and just built yesterday Pocket Chart Work Station. My hubby built this for me after the small ones just didn’t have enough room for the size of poems I wanted to use. This one is 5 feet tall by 3 1/2 feet wide. It’s perfect for the kids to reach, standing or sitting. Eventually, they kids will use Wiki Sticks, highlighter tape, and other materials to find letters, words, rhymes, etc.
Here are a few more pictures. One is the back of the stand and the other is how I store the past sentence strip poems/stories.
Writing Work Station and poster–right now the kids are just experimenting with the materials I have here: markers, crayons, stencils, paper, stamps, stickers, etc. Eventually, they will write words they see and work on editing their Writer’s Workshop writings.
ABC Work Station–the children have 2 options here. They can either sequence a set of 3D ABC cards or they can hunt for letters in the tube. There is a pad for recording the letters they have found.
This is our current Puzzles and Games Station option–DORA’s ABC game. I have 2 children at this station and they take turns making the sounds and naming the letters.
These are the 2 current options for Handwriting Station. The children have 2 ways they can practice writing their letters. One is the Lakeshore Literacy Instant Learning Center and the second are two mats I picked up from Target. They use dry erase markers for them and then erase.
Listening Work Station-again another self explanatory station. I change the book each week to mesh with our theme, sometimes I pick a favorite read aloud.