ABC Literacy Work Station
I am almost done with the chapter on ABC Literacy Stations in Debbie Diller’s book Literacy Work Stations–I have to keep putting it down, processing, reading some more, processing, reading more, processing, because its FULL of such great information that I have to think about what I am reading, jot down a few notes, then read some more (oh, and in between, do the laundry, keep my hubby company, make sure my son is fed, take the dogs out, make cards, clean, and on and on!)
The latest idea that I read about was for those Kinder. kids at the beginning of the year, you know the ones that have little to no letter knowledge. These activities are for them–these are sorting mats that they can use with magnetic letters (either on a cookie sheet or on a magnetic dry erase board). They sort the letters in various ways to become aware of the letters, their formations, and the letter names. A suggestion that Debbie Diller makes is to store materials in color coded tubs so that when different children visit the station, they can work on an activity that matches their current ability level–these sheets would go into the “green” tub, or beginning tub. The colors are just a suggested order, you could use whatever makes sense to you.
I’ve also included sheets to put on a cookie sheet for simple matching. The children take one sheet with a part of the alphabet and place magnetic letters over the typed images, matching them. To make it harder, you could have them match the lowercase letters that are typed to the uppercase partner. I will make the uppercase version soon and post that too!
Another beautiful thing about this book is that Debbie talks about introducing each station and gives you some ideas how to do that! I could see these sheets being used on an overhead at the beginning of the year and then placed into the ABC Literacy Work Station.
P.S. Just as an afterthought–I could see this being used for numbers as well–I’ll get right on that and post a sheet on the math page!
Here is the uppercase version and the math version is on the math tab!