Ok, I’ve taken the last week or so to dive in and really get a grasp of what my kinders readiness levels look like in terms of literacy and I feel like I have a plan of action. Constant and ongoing assessment will be key, but I know that I can’t have my high fliers continue working on just their names and simple letter mastery when they are ready to move on to bigger and better things. I will still work with them on fluency and speed but I have to give them a little more challenge. Likewise, I need to really make sure the ones that are just getting their feet wet have the opportunity to find success and support that will not frustrate them. So I’m diving in and tiering my ‘word work’ stations for the week.
These literacy stations will evolve into my ‘word work’ stations for Daily 5 so for the sake of keeping my kiddos from getting confused. I just refer to them as Word Work Stations.
Here is a gander at my over all plan. Yes I have math stations and learning centers as well. But since they are still in the exploring and getting to know routines stage, I’m only going to focus on Word Work Stations this week.
If you click on the picture, it will take you to a google docs with the links to specific activities if you’re interested in finding out more.
Station 1 is a sorting activity for letters that is part of my Top Bananas letter mastery systems. I like it because it’s very kinesthetic and my kinders love to move. The clothes pins are especially good for their fine motor development.
Station 6: Magazine Hunt Activities. Here is another great fine motor activity that I will be using throughout the year. Man, they really need it, especially at this time of the year. Krissy Miner has a year’s worth of magazine hunts for your students and even some programmable pages that I will be using this week. They better get their scissors warmed up. (Sorry, haven’t used this activity yet but I promise to get you some pictures of it in action later this week when I check back.)