The benefits of literacy centers

One of the great joys of teaching at the elementary level is to see a child learn to read. It is amazing to witness the “light off” and the world of reading come alive for each of our students. One of the ways in which we help to promote the learning process of the multitude of phonetic rules, decoding, coding, writing, comprehension and many frequently used words is through the specific practice achieved during the literacy centers. During our literacy block, our students visit the literacy centers where they carry out activities or jobs designed with a specific purpose in mind. Because students in each classroom vary greatly in their literacy needs and skill levels, these centers provide multiple opportunities for children to read, write, and participate in meaningful literacy experiences. Let’s first look at one of our second grade classes during the literacy block and then examine how these centers are a benefit for the whole class.

During a recent visit to Ms. Stuart’s second grade at NSCS in Lynn, students began their literacy block with a complete “read aloud” group of The Three Snow Bears by author Jan Brett. Throughout the past week, students have been reading story mapping literature that is similar to the original story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in anticipation of comparing and contrasting the different versions by using the Venn Diagram. After talking about the characters, the environment, the events, the problems and the final solution of this version of the story, the students were divided into small groups to work in their literacy centers. During this time, some students focused on activities that reviewed the trick words and words that were in the stories, while other students worked independently in Lexia Learning online. The last group of students had the opportunity to work closely with Mrs. Stuart on the rules of reading, comprehension and phonetics, such as the vowels controlled by “R”. Within one hour, students were able to read (independently and with the teacher), practice vocabulary, discuss history, review phonological skills online, and collaborate with team members on activities related to the concept of the day.

While literacy centers can be made in a variety of formats and methods, teachers, students, and the entire classroom community benefit from them daily. Ask your child what he education in today’s literacy centers.

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