Friday, September 18, 2009

Literacy Work Stations: Growing Independence


During the past week, we have introduced Literacy Work Stations as an integral component of our hour long Reader's Workshop. Literacy Work Stations allow students time for independent practice of previously taught mini lessons. Literacy stations also allow children to be actively engaged while we work with small groups. Included in our list of activities (so far) are: Read the Room (go around the room and read charts with a pointer); Write the Room (paper, clipboard, and marker - students write words they see around the classroom); ABC puzzles, classroom library, Star names (previously cut up star names are used); and beginning sounds center. The students rotate to a different station a few days a week. The focus is on practice and purpose that is linked to our teaching. We want to provide students with meaningful literacy practice activities during this time. For our emergent readers, these work stations will allow children to develop phonological awareness (the ability to isolate and manipulate the sounds in language), print awareness and concepts of print, and learn about letters and sounds. And, besides all of that, it's fun and engaging for students -- which is exactly what we want learning to be!

4 comments:

dayle timmons said...

I am so impressed that you already have your Literacy Stations up and running - and how productive your little learners look in those adorable pictures. Woo hoo!

Melanie Holtsman said...

Thanks for sharing with us about what our kids are doing every day. It is so much fun to peek in the classroom and learn about their daily activities. I use your blog posts as a talking point with my kiddos.

Anonymous said...

Wow- what fun! I wish I was back in Kindergarten.

Anonymous said...

I love all the options the kids have. There's something for everyone. It's great they make choices and take ownership of their learning. Reading is everywhere- not just in books.
Lourdes Smith