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Literacy Centers and Addition!!!!

I finally got my literacy centers together, and we spent Friday learning the procedures in each. I plan to keep the pocket chart center for at least 3 weeks, the Word Work center for the entire month of April. I think this is the first year that I really feel great about my centers. I've always tried to find a better way to do centers, always feeling that there were areas for improvement.

When I moved from 1st grade to Kindergarten, I still conducted them pretty much the same way, I just modified the activities in each. Our district loves a center rotation chart, but I've learned that with Kindergarten, I don't need to rotate every time I'm finished with a small group, because they don't have enough time to actually complete their centers, which interrupts the learning process, if you ask me.,After Christmas, I reviewed my centers, and hopefully improved upon them. So, mine pretty much stay in a center the entire time now. We may rotate once, to provide some variety.

Today, we're going to take a look at one side of the pocket chart center.  It contains activities that are from my Spring Math & Literacy Activity pack, which you can find here. Here, the students are matching the correct letter that corresponds the initial and final sound of the picture.

Here is the recording sheet, I see one of my kiddos forgot to write their name!!! (Pet peeve of mine, although I'm sure you can feel my pain!)

I've found that they are actively engaged, with something other than the iPods or computers, which is what I've been striving for! It has also helped their writing.

In math we have been learning about addition, and I still have some kiddos that need some extra practice, even though we're moving to subtraction this week! Eek! Well, life must go on, but I whipped up some extra practice centers, and it's a freebie for you guys! I know that fact drills are coming up in 1st grade, and I know how hard it is for them when they are not fluent in addition.  Just click on the picture below!

Off to enjoy the rest of my weekend!  Talk to you later!


  1. Your station activity looks AWESOME!!

    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Thank you for sharing the math activity pack! It is always nice to have a variety of ways for the children to practice with. Liz

  3. Yay! My kinders loved your initial and final sounds actvity from your spring pack!

    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

  4. Love this and I'm your newest follower!

    First in Maine

  5. Oh my! I LOVE your addition fluency game! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  6. Thank you very much for the addition fluency games. I too am moving on to subtraction, but I want my kids to continue with addition practice. Thank you and I am a new follower!


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