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How to Get Organized for Literacy Centers in K-2

How to Get Organized for Literacy Centers in K-2

Having your literacy center materials organized can save a LOT of time! As it is, we spend tons of time finding and prepping activities. Keeping those materials organized is a must; otherwise, literacy centers prep turns into a time-consuming scavenger hunt around your classroom! And personally, that’s not my favorite way to spend an afternoon.…Continue Reading

Literacy Centers That Work

Literacy Centers That Work

There are a LOT of different ways to run literacy centers. For example, you can have students work in pairs. Or they can work in larger groups. You might have students work with their guided reading groupmates. Or mix groups up so that students work with peers at different levels. You can let students choose…Continue Reading

How to Group Students for Literacy Centers (K-2)

How to Group Students for Literacy Centers (K-2)

Grouping students for literacy centers is like trying to solve a wacky math problem on a standardized test: Sally can’t be in the same group as Johnny. Johnny can’t be with Juan. Juan needs to be with Sally. Matt and Christina should be in the same groups. What group should Riley be in? Ha. But…Continue Reading

What to Do When Students Aren’t Engaged During Literacy Centers

What to Do When Students Aren’t Engaged During Literacy Centers

Do you struggle with keeping students engaged during literacy centers? Are your kids off-task, even though you spend TONS of time finding fun activities for them? Keeping students engaged during centers can be SO challenging.  Part of the issue is just that…well, they’re kids. They’re still learning to be independent, and that takes time! BUT…Continue Reading

10 Great Apps for Literacy Centers in K-2

10 Great Apps for Literacy Centers in K-2

Looking for some great apps for literacy centers? In this post, I’ll share 10 apps that I love! These apps are great for kindergarten, first, or second grade, but they can probably be used at other grade levels too. You’ll notice that I’ve chosen apps that are not specific to a certain skill or skill…Continue Reading

Ideas for a Dramatic Play Literacy Center

Ideas for a Dramatic Play Literacy Center

Does play have a place in literacy instruction? Absolutely! Jean Piaget said it best: “Play is the work of childhood.” If you know me, you know that I have high expectations for my students. I believe that young children can do AMAZING things when it comes to reading and writing. But I also believe that…Continue Reading