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Favorite classroom activities for the beginning of the year. These back to school centers and ideas are perfect for kindergarten. Math, reading, and writing ideas are included.

Favorite Math and Literacy Stations: Peek at my Week

September 6 Deedee 2 min read
Here are just a few of my favorite kindergarten math and literacy stations, perfect for any classroom!
 Favorite classroom activities for the beginning of the year. These back to school centers and ideas are perfect for kindergarten. Math, reading, and writing ideas are included.
One of my historically favorite stations is the overhead station.  This is a great opportunity for students to practice and strengthen their fine motor muscles in a fun way.  Because JUST THE IDEA of the overhead BEGS for shadow finger puppets, it is important that you review, review, review.
 
One year I had to roll the overhead into the closet for a time-out and there was an audible gasp of shock!    I love 5-6 year olds!
 The predictable sentences are also a crowd favorite.  One they learn the structure, this is a sustainable station that does not need explanation week after week.  During the first month, we keep it simple with just one sentence per week.
We use these flyswatters as pointers. You can find them HERE.  You might need to perform some minor surgery to remove some of the fingers!! Ouch!
 This is also the time of year to really learn to be great writing partners.
One thing that was a HUGE time saver during math workshop was using our math tool kits.
(Read more about math tool kits HERE and get my free resource to make your own.)
 Our writing station was also popular with the kiddos!
 
Here are some other resources for our math stations.  You can click on the pictures to find the source.

 

 

 

 

 

 These are products that I made last year, but I like to lay them out ahead of time to make sure I have all the pieces.

 

 

This is such a fun poem  that opens the conversation about how not all families are the same.

Here was our focus wall last year at this time.

Yes, I realize I wrote “writing” on my reading focus card… Ugh… Do overs please!

One of the fun books in our Guiding Readers Unit is Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse.

How cute are these ideas from Mommy and Me?

 

 

Downloadable Lesson Plans

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Favorite classroom activities for the beginning of the year. These back to school centers and ideas are perfect for kindergarten. Math, reading, and writing ideas are included.
Favorite classroom activities for the beginning of the year. These back to school centers and ideas are perfect for kindergarten. Math, reading, and writing ideas are included.
 
 
 
 

8 Comments

  • Anna Armes September 6 at 4:38 pm

    I see that you have 12 stations for math and literacy, with the exception that some are closed. I was wondering how many students you have at a station and do you let them change when they want, or do you have a schedule for them? I was also wondering when you start guided reading. Thanks for sharing! As always, I see a few more items that my K class is in need of.

    • Deedee September 7 at 7:43 pm

      Hi! I have 2 students to a station… usually. Students stay at that station until the time is up, so they must follow our work board. You can read more about how I managed stations under the "My Classroom" tab.

      I normally start small group around week 4 of school… or whenever they become independent at their station.

  • Cheryl June 24 at 10:45 pm

    Hi DeeDee! Does that upper and lowercase matching puzzle with the pencils pictured above happen to be in any of your TPT products? I have that same pencil design with numbers from your Math and Literacy Stations for August, but I can’t find where the pencil puzzle/matching is with the letters. Can you help? (Also, your stuff is amazing! YOU are amazing!)

    • Deedee June 25 at 6:38 am

      Hi Cheryl,

      I deactivated that file because it REALLY needed a face lift. I will have it back up in a few weeks.

      Thank you so MUCH!!!! I sure feel lucky being able to do a job that I love!

      • Cheryl June 25 at 7:07 am

        Oh good! Do you know yet what it will be called so I can keep an eye out for it? Thanks!

        • Deedee June 25 at 7:35 am

          Probably Alphabet Puzzles or something equally creative…ha!

  • Lotonia July 18 at 11:25 am

    Where can I go to see what you do the first 30 days of kindergarten?

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