Kindertip Center Ideas


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    Tiffany Taylor's kindergarten students use magnetic letters to practice making sight words on a large oil tray.
For this center, from Tiffany Taylor's class, students match pictures to large letters to practice beginning sounds.


Go to the following links for possible clip art for this activity

Alphabet Stickers from Cherry Carl's website

(Go down about half way on the page and click

 on Alphabet Stickers)


Black & White Alphabet Clip Art



   Michelle Taylor uses some of the centers she found at the FCCR website in her classroom.   The class does the lesson whole group and then the center is put into a center for independent practice. 

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        Dee Egeland uses a large magnetic drip pan for this center where children practice working with letters and sounds by using magnetic letters to make CVC words.

For this center, the teacher can write targeted sight  words on the top of the page. During centers students can practice writing the words with different colors of crayons as indicated by the color word on the left. For a variation, children can pull a card with the targeted word out of a basket or a hat.


For a copy of this sheet, click on the picture.

Click on the picture to go to Hubbard's Cupboards site.  You will find the sheets that go along with the  shared readings under "Stamp and Write."
For this center from Kerry Astle's classroom, children reach into a bag and pull out unifix cubes with letters written on them. They then make the sight words listed on the outside of the bag. 

A variety of alphabet books are laid out for this center and children look through these books and find a word for each letter and write the words down in alphabetic order on a sheet of paper. From Dee Egeland & Kerry Astle's classroom.

The children from Kerry Astle's classroom make an ABC caterpillar by putting bottle caps labeled with letters in alphabetic order.

In the above center, children "fish" a name out of a fishbowl using a magnet on the edge of a string. The children's names in the class are written on Orange juice concentrate lids.  After fishing out the name, the children match the name with the picture and write the child's name on a paper.  From Kerry Astle's classroom

Dee Egeland has children practice sight words by playing a game of concentration

on a pocket chart during center time.

Children use this center to sort letters into tall, small, and fall.
       After using this chant as a shared reading with all the student's names, Roxana Blackwell and Kristina Stiles use the poem in a center. Children use the name chart to match pictures and names and reread the poem.

Click here to see this poem used with environmental print

Click on the picture to go to  This engaging computer game can be used as a center to help children learn letters and sounds.
This center can be used to reinforce a word that has been taught in shared reading or interactive writing.  The teacher chooses the word to practice and puts it at the top of the page. The child practices writing it using pencil, crayons, colored pencils and markers.

For a copy of this sheet, click here.

Melissa Soucy uses a pizza pan to hold magnetic letters as children practice working with medial vowel sounds. After making the words on the pan, the children write the words down on paper.

   Teal Gibson uses the back of her desk for a literacy center to help children practice beginning sounds.  She found a picture for each letter sound and then wrote words for each of the pictures.  The words were taped to the back of her desk and then magnets were put on each of the pictures.  Children match the picture to the words.  Some children are only learning beginning sounds while other more capable students are starting to recognize some of the words.  The word can be written on the back of the picture so children can self check. 

     The Jack Hartmann alphabet pictures could be used for this center if necessary.  Click here to find copies of those pictures.

       Students in Lori Grimstad's class use a magnifying class to find and highlight sight words from the newspaper.

    Lori's class also uses stamps to work on sight words during centers.



              After using a piece as a shared reading many times,  Theresa Miller writes it down on sentence strips and cuts the strips apart. The pieces are put in an envelope with a copy of the poem on the front. Children reassemble the sentence strips on a pocket chart, self check, and then practice rereading. 

   For this center, from Lori Grimstad's class, children build the sight word that the teacher has written (in the left column) with magnetic letters. They then say the word and write it in the right column with a vis-a-vie or dry erase marker. 

        Students use Wikki Sticks to make the shapes of letters for a center in Matt Santala's classroom. 

Click on the picture for a copy of the letters.

   Children put sight words that have been written on sentence strips back together in this center from Theresa Miller's class.

     The Jack Hartmann alphabet chart is used in both of the centers above. In both examples the chart's were made with the pictures representing the sound made separately on card stock or glued to heavier paper and laminated.  Velcro was put on the pictures and on the chart.  On the example on the left (from Theresa Miller's class) the children match the pictures to the letters and then listen to the Jack Hartmann CD while reading the chart. On the example on the right (from Lori Grimstad's class)  the children put the pictures on and then check their work with the smaller version in the top left hand corner. 

Click Here for Pictures for the Chart

    In this game, from Lori Grimstad's class, one child closes his/her eyes while the other child  hides letters behind sticky notes. They take turns guessing which letters are covered.

The Florida Center for Reading Research has compiled activities  for kindergarten and first grade that can be used with small groups or as centers during guided reading time. These are large files and may take time to download.

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