I am often asked: “How do you keep your students working independently, so you can get to small groups?” The answer is kindergarten independent work stations!
Make Them Predictable
I usually have between 10-12 station activities for literacy and 10-12 station activities for math. With 2 students to a station, I needed that many each day. BUT I don’t want to take precious instruction time explaining the activities they are going to do.
So, once I teach them a particular activity, then I can change the themes and increase the complexity with each subsequent month.
You can read my TOP TIPS FOR STATION MANAGEMENT or read about the 10 LITERACY STATIONS THAT WILL LAST YOU ALL YEAR.
Here is an addition activity in November, December, then again in the spring.
Here are some ending sounds activities
Ordering numerals from November and December
Stay in their lane!
What I mean is… the activities should be practice, not new learning.
Students need engaging practice to make learning permanent.
January Stations and Centers ~ ELA
short vowel sounds
January Stations and Centers ~ Math
skip counting by 10’s
ten frames (2 levels are included)
Deedee, so disappointed that I did not see the Math and Literacy Bundle in the B&W version. I pay for my own ink… I may just have to print the color in B&W (the ones I can get away with). I am excited, however, at the quality of the color bundle. Am I incorrect, or is there no September in the mix? I'll have to go back and look. Everything I've ever purchased from you has been "top drawer". Thanks!
Thank you so much! I know! I have to pay for my own ink and it is not fun.
I combined August and September. Schools all start at different times of the year. So I just made one for those two months.
I was paying for my own ink and it was expensive until I found HP connect. If you buy or have a certain HP printer then you can print 300 color copies or black and white for $10 a month. They send you the ink through the mail which you do not pay for. You only pay for the copies you use. I love this program and it is only 1or 2 cents more if you go over the 300 copies. The reason you need an HP printer is so the printer will tell HP when it needs ink so the ink is there before you need it. They are now having a special for 6 months free. I am not connected with HP at all but just want teachers to get a great deal.They spend enough of their own money as I know because I am a teacher. Check it out! My printer cost me 50 dollars as I had a very old printer that didn't work with the program. I have already save way more than that in ink costs I don't buy anymore. https://instantink.hpconnected.com/us/en
Debram thanks for posting about the Instant Ink HP program. I discovered it last year and LOVE IT!!! I was going to suggest it too. AND the ink lasts a long time!
Which printer do you guys have? I would love to sign up for the program.
I have been wondering how you run centers? Do students rotate, choose their own, have a set amount of time at each one, have to complete all of them in a day? Also, I have been wondering what instruction you give students in regards to the sentence writing center. The one that has the pocket charts with cards they can manipulate.
Again, I love what I see your students doing in your posts. My questions are how many students do you have and do you have other adult help in the room so your kids stay on task and their work isn’t a hot mess? Do you have EL students too? We’re also not supposed to use worksheets on a daily basis and I’c love color copies of anything. Your students are so lucky.
Hi there! No, I have never had another teacher in the room with me and I am not a worksheet teacher. When I was in Missouri, I typically had 2-3 ESL students. When I taught in San Diego, we were 96% ESL students. We start the year off setting expectations and reviewing them. It helps to have predictable sentences. Let me know if you would like links to some of my many posts where I talk about how to set up students for independence.
Hi! I love seeing all the activities in this bundle. I was wondering if you’ve thought about seperating the literacy and math activities ( I don’t teach math unfortunately). I would love to buy the bundle, but I’m not sure about not being able to use half of it. Thanks!
I’m sorry, these activities are not sold divided up, but I will add it to my list of future projects 🙂