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Best Skills-Based Literacy Centers for Kindergarten Free File!

Literacy Centers play a vital role in kindergarten. Seasonal literacy centers are a fun addition but sometimes we need specific skill-based activities to target student needs. These skills-based literacy centers for kindergarten are just that! Non-seasonal activities that can be used any time throughout the year. Check out these engaging centers to practice literacy skills including CVC words, vowels, sentences, and more!

Literacy Centers play a vital role in kindergarten. Seasonal literacy centers are a fun addition but sometimes we need specific skill-based activities to target student needs. These skills-based literacy centers for kindergarten are just that! Non-seasonal activities that can be used any time throughout the year. Check out these engaging centers to practice literacy skills including CVC words, vowels, sentences, and more! 

Kindergarten Literacy Centers

Centers are LIFE in kindergarten! Kids love them, teachers love them, and principals love them! It is one way primary teachers differentiate in the classroom and oh don’t we do A LOT of that! Students are coming in at all different levels and teachers are working harder than ever to meet those needs. So, we prep centers! We prep centers for Back to School, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, and every other holiday. Now, I know you plan plenty of adorable reindeer and gingerbread activities, BUT there are times that teachers need centers that meet specific needs. So here they are… Kindergarten literacy centers that you can use ANYTIME throughout the year in your classroom. Plus, since this set of literacy stations is skill-based you could absolutely use these activities in first or second grade classrooms, especially for intervention needs. 

Why are Literacy Centers Important in Kindergarten?

Literacy centers offer numerous advantages in the education of young children. They create an engaging and interactive learning environment that enhances language development, reading skills, and vocabulary. By providing hands-on activities and opportunities for independent exploration, literacy centers can promote critical thinking abilities and strengthen comprehension skills. When students are actively engaged in meaningful literacy experiences, it can foster a love for reading and support overall academic growth.

 If you haven’t started literacy centers in your classroom, it’s not too late! Classroom centers give you the time needed to focus on a specific skill area with a small number of students while the rest of the class works independently or collaboratively with their center group or partner. You will see students become excited about their student-led learning and be surprised at what they can accomplish. 

There are a variety of ways to incorporate center activities into your kindergarten classroom. A writing center, word work center, pocket chart station, listening center, library center, sensory bin… the list goes on! I will link a blog post at the end that shares 10 simple literacy work stations that are simple to set up for your kindergarten students. Once you have set up your centers, you’re ready to add in the center activities. These skill-based literacy centers are some of my favorites to incorporate into center rotations throughout the school year. 

Skill-Based Literacy Centers

These low-prep centers are a great way to provide independent practice while you conduct your reading groups or small group instruction. Let’s take a look at the specific skills that are covered. 

LETTERS AND PRINT CONCEPTS

Understanding letters and print concepts is crucial for primary students.  It is the foundation for building literacy skills. These center activities provide students with lots of practice with letter identification and concepts of print. 

Students practice sorting capital and lowercase letters, plus words too! There are matching activities to match capital and lowercase letters and additional sorting tasks where students identify letter features such as letters with curves versus no curves. 

LETTER SOUNDS

These centers are the perfect way to practice beginning and ending consonant sounds, as well as, digraphs and blends.

In addition to using these activities in your center rotations, you can also use these as a warm-up for your small groups. 

CVC WORDS

It seems like we spend so much time practicing CVC words. It is basically the first step when it comes to blending and building words. These CVC word family activities are just one more way for kindergarten teachers to provide extra practice during literacy center time. I love that I can use these at the beginning of the year for early readers and also in February when I need to support my intervention students. 

SHORT AND LONG VOWELS

Long and short vowel picture cards, puzzles, and clip activities make practicing these phonics skills engaging and effective. 

There are vowel word sorts, too. Students sort the picture cards by the vowel sound. Then, they write the complete word on their response sheet. There are pocket chart heading cards that can be used for sorting. 

SENTENCES

I love using these sentence activities with a small group of students. These sentence building activities and sentence writing tasks are some of my favorites in this bundle of skill-based centers. In this kindergarten class, I have some friends who are always excited to work with me at a small group table. The recording sheets for the sentence activities are great for talking about handwriting and letter formation, as well as punctuation. 

All of the activities in the bundle are non seasonal but I did create a free sample for you to try out with a fun winter theme. You can snag the sentence-building activities at the end of this blog post.

Sentence building and writing free file.

In addition to the phonics centers, we practice phonological awareness with rhyming and syllable work. 

SYLLABLES

This set of kindergarten centers focuses on counting up to three syllables within words. 

This spinning syllable game was a classroom favorite! Don’t you know… a spinner makes everything so much more exciting! There is also a student response syllable activity for students to cut and paste the pictures. 

RHYMING

Kindergarteners can work on those fine motor skills with these clipping activities. Super simple – students clip the image that rhymes with the big picture on the card. 

There are sorting tasks for rhyming, too! 

Differentiated centers are the best way to reach a wide spread of ability levels while allowing for student independence. Skill-based literacy centers make it easy for kinder teachers to meet students where they are with effective practice during the entire school year. 

Skill-Based Math Centers

Do you love the idea of using skill-based centers in your classroom? These skill-based math centers are a fun way to extend learning after sharing a math read aloud book with your whole group. Each center pack includes a reading response activity and 3 differentiated math centers to meet individual needs. The centers provide students a way to practice the concept that is discussed in each Stuart Murphy book. 

I love teaching math through stories. It allows students to visualize the concepts and really see the math, as well as, understand how it works. Stuart Murphy books allow students to make math connections to their own lives. 

There are 14 different activities and skills covered:

  • Comparing Numbers with More or Less
  • Comparing Number of Objects with Just Enough Carrots
  • Counting On with Jack the Builder
  • Fractions and Symmetry with Give Me Half
  • Identifying Matching Sets with Seaweed Soup
  • Measurement with Super Sandcastle Saturday
  • Ordinal Numbers with Henry the Fourth
  • Skip Counting by 5s and 10s with Leaping Lizards
  • Number Sequencing with Rabbit’s Pajama Party
  • Subtraction with Monster Musical Chairs
  • Tally Marks with Tally O’Mally
  • Matching Shapes with a Pair of Socks
  • Addition with Animals on Board
  • Counting and Number Sense with Every Buddy Counts

All of the response activities and centers are available in this bundle:

In addition to using these activities as centers, you can also incorporate literacy and math activities into various aspects of your teaching, such as whole group sessions, morning work, tasks for early finishers, small-group reading instruction, and intervention math or literacy block.

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Literacy Centers play a vital role in kindergarten. Seasonal literacy centers are a fun addition but sometimes we need specific skill-based activities to target student needs. These skills-based literacy centers for kindergarten are just that! Non-seasonal activities that can be used any time throughout the year. Check out these engaging centers to practice literacy skills including CVC words, vowels, sentences, and more!

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Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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