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3 Tips to Getting Your Room Ready and FREE Alphabet Posters

All summer I think about it. My empty room back at the school....
Classroom setup have you stressed out? This blog post has ideas for a preschool, kindergarten, first grade, or primary grade classroom for easy setup and organization. Don’t stress about the perfect pin worthy classroom, this post helps you make a list of the most vital components of your classroom in order to have an efficient running classroom. #kindergartenclassroom #classroomdecor #classroomorganization


Nothing fun on the walls, all of the books have been packed away, and somehow, someway you have to put it all back. 

Whether you have to pack everything up, you get to leave it as is, or if it is just your very first year, no worries! I have some helpful tips to share with you that I have learned the HARD way.

Tip #1- Have a plan
Duh right? Seriously though, have a plan and write it down. I love that my Erin Condren LifePlanner has the dotted pages in the back so I can jot down what I want to arrange before I get there. 
Classroom setup have you stressed out? This blog post has ideas for a preschool, kindergarten, first grade, or primary grade classroom for easy setup and organization. Don’t stress about the perfect pin worthy classroom, this post helps you make a list of the most vital components of your classroom in order to have an efficient running classroom. #kindergartenclassroom #classroomdecor #classroomorganization

It is also SUPER helpful to take a friend that doesn't mind moving furniture 2 or 3 or 100 times on the day you want to arrange furniture. Also have a plan in place to take that friend to lunch. 

Tip #2- What are your MUST HAVES on the first day? 
Do you need to have your cubbies labeled? Are you assigning jobs the first day? What do you need to have access to in order to set up your classroom routines and procedures? Those are what you should be focusing on. NOT the cute border in the hallway. Sorry, I said that way too loud! But honestly, I have wasted so much valuable time making something cute out in the hallway that was inviting, yes, but necessary, no. I am giving you permission to skip the cute and go for the necessary. 

Some of my must haves for the first day: 

  • labeled cubbies
  • nametags on pencil boxes (these stay in our assigned seats to start so it helps us find our spot)
  • nametags for students
  • job chart
  • water bottles (I label mine and they keep them all year)
  • homework folders ready for the first day
  • calendar space/ morning meeting space designated and set up
  • turn in box with a designated space
  • focus wall for objectives (I'm required to have a spot for this) 
  • IB Interactive Wall (also a requirement for me) 
I have highlighted any of the items that have a freebie attached or I have written another blog post on if you are interested in checking them out! 
If I have all of these things in place then I am ready for the first day of school. The rest will fall into place. That bulletin board in the hallway? I cover it with name activities that we do on the second day of school. It is totally blank on the first day of school when my families roll in. Once I hang up those names it and stays up ALL year long! 


Classroom setup have you stressed out? This blog post has ideas for a preschool, kindergarten, first grade, or primary grade classroom for easy setup and organization. Don’t stress about the perfect pin worthy classroom, this post helps you make a list of the most vital components of your classroom in order to have an efficient running classroom. #kindergartenclassroom #classroomdecor #classroomorganization

Tip #3 Decorate with the things you need
I do a lot  of "decorating" in my classroom but you won't find any unnecessary objects floating around my room just because they go with my "theme".  Of course all of my posters match but I would hardly call that a theme. 
If you NEED that to make your classroom a happy place, go for it! 
If you are only decorating in shabby chic because your neighbor down the hall is then just STOP!
It doesn't have to be that difficult!  
Here are a couple examples of sets I have used over the years. I print out everything I need, laminate it, and then start hanging it up. Once I get a welcome banner and an alphabet up on the wall BAM! Instant classroom decorations. 


 

These have everything I need for a functional classroom. Calendar, job chart, alphabet, numbers, and labels for all of the stuff. Having a "theme" helps pull everything together but I don't spend my summers at Target and TJ Maxx looking for the perfect items for my thematic classroom. 

Want a theme? Lots of my friends have also so I have created a few different fun ones for them. These serve the same purpose though, print and go and done! Click on any of the pictures to see them in my TPT store.  
 

 

 



Thanks for stopping by today. Here is your FREE SET OF ALPHABET POSTERS to get you started on a stress free decorating session. Want to save this for later? Pin it here! 


Classroom setup have you stressed out? This blog post has ideas for a preschool, kindergarten, first grade, or primary grade classroom for easy setup and organization. Don’t stress about the perfect pin worthy classroom, this post helps you make a list of the most vital components of your classroom in order to have an efficient running classroom. #kindergartenclassroom #classroomdecor #classroomorganization

Fun with ABC Books and an alphabet FREEBIE

There are projects that just stick with us over time. This is mine! When I started teaching kindergarten 13 years ago my mentor teacher introduced me to these. 

Alphabet Books! 
Of course back then my digital skills were lacking (and so was the technology!) so we made everything by hand. Students traced templates and cut and glued their way through the alphabet and the end result was always amazing. I loved them so much that I brought them back to life in a more user friendly format when I returned to kindergarten 5 years ago. I love all of the skills and procedures that they help me teach early in the year and the kids love making them. 

Here is how we make them! 

First, students get an alphabet page and the copy of the item. Most years I have copied them on cardstock or construction paper but we have been BANNED from putting construction paper in our copiers at school. So we have gone to copying on white paper and having students color in the pieces. It actually works out quite nicely this way and is super easy to copy too!   

Alphabet activities for preschool and kindergarten are the best way to teach the alphabet! This hands on, crafty, alphabet book teaches each letter with a first sound craft to create a one of a kind alphabet book students can take home. Work on fine motor skills like cutting, coloring, and gluing while creating this fun book! Also use it to teach those important procedures in the classroom! #kindergartenclassroom #preschoolclassroom #kindergarten #prek

Second they color the pieces, cut them out, and glue them to the alphabet page. This one simple page introduces coloring completely, cutting and gluing, procedures for throwing away trash, and raising our hand when we are done working. We do this on the second day of school so that's a pretty big deal! 

Alphabet activities for preschool and kindergarten are the best way to teach the alphabet! This hands on, crafty, alphabet book teaches each letter with a first sound craft to create a one of a kind alphabet book students can take home. Work on fine motor skills like cutting, coloring, and gluing while creating this fun book! Also use it to teach those important procedures in the classroom! #kindergartenclassroom #preschoolclassroom #kindergarten #prek

Third, students add in antennas, feet, and eyes (or whatever details they need on the alphabet page they are working on) and then trace the word at the bottom. I sometimes have them glue on googlie eyes or they can color those in too. The border is always an option too! My students love coloring in a pattern around the edge.  

Alphabet activities for preschool and kindergarten are the best way to teach the alphabet! This hands on, crafty, alphabet book teaches each letter with a first sound craft to create a one of a kind alphabet book students can take home. Work on fine motor skills like cutting, coloring, and gluing while creating this fun book! Also use it to teach those important procedures in the classroom! #kindergartenclassroom #preschoolclassroom #kindergarten #prek

We can send the pages home daily as we review each letter of the alphabet at the beginning of the year (26 days, 26 letters) or keep them all to collect in a book. I prefer the book method so we can really celebrate when we get through it. I copy them all and have them stapled at the beginning of the year so I can just hand out books instead of individual papers each day. Here is an example of the cover for boys. I included one for girls too! 
Alphabet activities for preschool and kindergarten are the best way to teach the alphabet! This hands on, crafty, alphabet book teaches each letter with a first sound craft to create a one of a kind alphabet book students can take home. Work on fine motor skills like cutting, coloring, and gluing while creating this fun book! Also use it to teach those important procedures in the classroom! #kindergartenclassroom #preschoolclassroom #kindergarten #prek

That is my very very favorite kindergarten tradition and I get so excited to introduce it each year. If you would like to see these in my TPT store click HERE
Alphabet activities for preschool and kindergarten are the best way to teach the alphabet! This hands on, crafty, alphabet book teaches each letter with a first sound craft to create a one of a kind alphabet book students can take home. Work on fine motor skills like cutting, coloring, and gluing while creating this fun book! Also use it to teach those important procedures in the classroom! #kindergartenclassroom #preschoolclassroom #kindergarten #prek

And click HERE for a FREE set of alphabet posters. These are the posters I use in my room! 
Want to save this post for later? Pin it here! 

Alphabet activities for preschool and kindergarten are the best way to teach the alphabet! This hands on, crafty, alphabet book teaches each letter with a first sound craft to create a one of a kind alphabet book students can take home. Work on fine motor skills like cutting, coloring, and gluing while creating this fun book! Also use it to teach those important procedures in the classroom! #kindergartenclassroom #preschoolclassroom #kindergarten #prek

Fun Word Work Options

Searching for ways to keep your students engaged during word work time? Always! It seemed like a constant struggle until this year. I blogged about this topic not long ago and you can see that post HERE. My word work has been totally transformed this year and I love it! I'm not here to change anything up today, I am sticking with my original plan but I found two fun options I just had to share today!

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Time Me
I have had this as part of our sight word Rainbow Words routines for a long time and I usually use a sand timer. Kids love using a sand timer but I found a really cool alternative to the traditional timer. My daughter is in the teaching program right now and she brought this fun timer home from her practicum teacher. Take a look:
Teaching sight words in kindergarten or first grade? These printables are easy to use whether you like Dolch or another sight word list. Includes leveled words, flashcards, activities, and ideas to use in the classroom or to send in a homework folder. Get the extra practice your students need with these great word activities!  #kindergarten #tpt #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom
The timer itself is a box and you just set it on the table face up to whatever time you want to count down.  It is so kid friendly! When the timer goes off they just turn it over to a new time. 2 different timers are included, one with longer times (10 min, 20 min, 30 min) and this one with shorter time frames. I think my students are going to love this fun little techie device!

Here are two different options from Amazon. The one on the left is the one I tried out but I really like the solid green one too (and it's a little cheaper).




Build a Word
This is nothing new but I just love these tiles! 
Teaching sight words in kindergarten or first grade? These printables are easy to use whether you like Dolch or another sight word list. Includes leveled words, flashcards, activities, and ideas to use in the classroom or to send in a homework folder. Get the extra practice your students need with these great word activities!  #kindergarten #tpt #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom
Again, my daughter came home from college and she showed me this game called "Bananagrams". I immediately turn teacher mode to think about all of the ways you can use these in the classroom. I like these because they have a little weight to them, and there aren't any numbers on them like Scrabble tiles which can be a little confusing. And you get a bunch with one game.

I am including a link here to Amazon to the game AND a second set of tiles that are for beginning spellers with digraphs, vowel teams, and word families. So many possibilities with that one!


Great options for word work! We work on our Rainbow Words throughout the year to get us ready for reading even more sight words in 1st grade. You can see them in my TPT store HERE or read a blog post about them HERE
Teaching sight words in kindergarten or first grade? These printables are easy to use whether you like Dolch or another sight word list. Includes leveled words, flashcards, activities, and ideas to use in the classroom or to send in a homework folder. Get the extra practice your students need with these great word activities!  #kindergarten #tpt #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom

Want to save this post for later? Pin it here!

Teaching sight words in kindergarten or first grade? These printables are easy to use whether you like Dolch or another sight word list. Includes leveled words, flashcards, activities, and ideas to use in the classroom or to send in a homework folder. Get the extra practice your students need with these great word activities!  #kindergarten #tpt #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom

Teaching sight words in kindergarten or first grade? These printables are easy to use whether you like Dolch or another sight word list. Includes leveled words, flashcards, activities, and ideas to use in the classroom or to send in a homework folder. Get the extra practice your students need with these great word activities!  #kindergarten #tpt #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom

Sensory Bin Rice

Sensory Bins! They are new to me in kindergarten. This was my 8th year teaching kindergarten and I had never used a sensory bin. What was I thinking? The kids love these centers and they aren't as messy as I thought they were going to be...AND it is super easy to make!
Sensory bins are a great way to incorporate play in your kindergarten or preschool centers. These apple cards are fun to hunt in a sensory bin full of fun rice! This blog post includes step by step directions on how to make easy sensory bin rice with materials you probably have at home! Throw in a few fun items from the Dollar Store and this is an easy DIY project. #kindergartenclassroom #preschoolclassroom #kindergarten #prek

Here is what you need to make some simple sensory bin rice. 


Sensory bins are a great way to incorporate play in your kindergarten or preschool centers. These apple cards are fun to hunt in a sensory bin full of fun rice! This blog post includes step by step directions on how to make easy sensory bin rice with materials you probably have at home! Throw in a few fun items from the Dollar Store and this is an easy DIY project. #kindergartenclassroom #preschoolclassroom #kindergarten #prek Materials Needed:
1 cup white rice
1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol
Food Coloring
Zipper Plastic Bags
Cookie Sheet
Wax Paper



Place rice, rubbing alcohol, and food coloring in the plastic bag. I just do a drop or two of food coloring at a time until I get the desired color. I ran out in my example picture!  Normally I would make the color much brighter.
Increase the white rice and rubbing alcohol as needed. I do about 6 cups/6 teaspoons per bag.


Mix the bag until all of the rice is colored. Pour the rice out on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper to dry.
Sensory bins are a great way to incorporate play in your kindergarten or preschool centers. These apple cards are fun to hunt in a sensory bin full of fun rice! This blog post includes step by step directions on how to make easy sensory bin rice with materials you probably have at home! Throw in a few fun items from the Dollar Store and this is an easy DIY project. #kindergartenclassroom #preschoolclassroom #kindergarten #prek


When the rice is dry you are done! Place it into a sealable container to keep down the mess. I like these Sterilite bins from Amazon (this is an affiliate link) with handles on the sides. They are small enough for students to carry from a center and seal up nicely to avoid spills. I don't have an "open" bin for our sensory bin. They seal up when not in use. 




I have this batch of rice ready to go for our September apple unit . I'm on the hunt for some plastic worms and such to make it extra fun! 
Sensory bins are a great way to incorporate play in your kindergarten or preschool centers. These apple cards are fun to hunt in a sensory bin full of fun rice! This blog post includes step by step directions on how to make easy sensory bin rice with materials you probably have at home! Throw in a few fun items from the Dollar Store and this is an easy DIY project. #kindergartenclassroom #preschoolclassroom #kindergarten #prek

What do you put in your sensory bins? I love the option of rice because #1 it is cheap and #2 it stores nicely. My orange and black from last October is still in good shape!

Interested in the literacy centers? You can see them in my store HERE

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Sensory bins are a great way to incorporate play in your kindergarten or preschool centers. These apple cards are fun to hunt in a sensory bin full of fun rice! This blog post includes step by step directions on how to make easy sensory bin rice with materials you probably have at home! Throw in a few fun items from the Dollar Store and this is an easy DIY project. #kindergartenclassroom #preschoolclassroom #kindergarten #prek


Free Back to School Nametags with PICTURES

First day of school....

Deep breaths.

You can do it.

That's what I tell myself every year! The first day of kindergarten can be a daunting task but somehow, someway we make it through. Here are some tips that will make your day go smoothly (even if everyone cries!)

Tip #1 Name Badges
I don't care for lanyards. Maybe it's the mom in me or because I was a kid in the 80's but they just seem like a choking hazard. I came up with this amazing solution a couple of years ago and they work GREAT!

I print out these little cards with their names on them and laminate them into these laminating pockets. I use the Scotch Pro personal laminator which is a total GAME CHANGER! One tiny badge clip later and VIOLA! Instant name tag that clips right to them, does not require a safety pin, and can easily be taken off at the end of the day so I don't lose all my name tags the first week of school.




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They may seem kind of pricey for name tags but for under 17 bucks I have enough to last me about 4 years. That's pretty good! AND they last us all year long so there is no need to remake them throughout the year. Win!

Added benefit.....I put all of our log in information for our online programs on the name tag. Those first few weeks when I am the one logging them in it makes a big difference. We also use this as our lunch number so these can be printed out for lunch cards too. So many uses! 

Tip #2 Picture Name Tags
Last year I made these awesome name tags to put on their cubbies, job chart, center rotations, and book boxes. Having these cute pictures labeling everything in our classroom really added to our sense of community.  

On the VERY FIRST DAY of school I give students their name to color. We did this late in the day when we were DONE listening to directions and just needed some easy peasy coloring time. 

Students colored their name and when they were done they raised their hand (I was teaching this procedure so this was great practice) and I called them over to a nice blank space in our room and clicked a quick picture on my phone. Then they get to go to a MATH TUB (click HERE to see more about those) while everyone else finished. 

By the time everyone made it to a math tub I had a complete set of class photos and everyone was happy. It was a great way to end the day! Here is an adorable example: 

Here is a link to the FREE  FILE for the name badges and name tags. I edited my photos in Google Photos to make them square but you could just print them out straight from your phone and trim them any way you like. I made sure to have their name showing so no matter where we used the picture, it served as a resource for students to use to learn each other's names. 

So those are 2 HUGE ways that help me get things organized on the very first day of school. Keeping track of all of those little darlings is hard work! If you would like more ideas, tips, tricks, and just help surviving the first week of school I have lots of help HERE in this First Week of Kindergarten Lesson Plans


Are you new to kindergarten? Feeling uneasy about the first day? Let me help you make the most of your first few days of kindergarten. This product has everything you need to create a positive classroom environment, introduce rules and procedures, and have tons of fun the first week of kindergarten!


I also used these pictures in these Kindergarten Literacy Centers as a name writing station. Students love writing their friend's names as a writing center! Pin it here to save for later! 
This blog post includes a back to school name tag free printable that you can do the first day. Kids will enjoy this fun coloring activity and you will love the ideas in this post! Get ready for open house, decorate your classroom with cute student pictures, and create a loving and friendly classroom environment with these easy classroom name tags and first day badges.  #kindergarten #tpt #kindergartenclassroom

Thanks for stopping by today. Remember, YOU CAN DO THIS! Your first day is going to be great!



Encourage Student Writing with Old Calendars

This blog post has free kindergarten writing activities using paper and old calendars for inspiration! Students don’t need prompts they just need some ideas to get the sentences flowing! This post reviews how students can practice their writing skills with a fun twist. #kindergartenclassroom #writinglessons

The teacher's lounge. The place we kick back and put up our feet (haha), collaborate with other teachers, share our joy, and voice our frustrations. It is also the place that people DUMP THEIR STUFF! Seriously. Every time someone cleans out a closet, moves, or just plain needs to get rid of stuff it all goes in the teacher's lounge. Anyone else have this happen? 

Well, I am HORRIBLE at HOARDING things because they look awesome and I just know I can use it someday. The teacher's lounge dumping spot is something I try to avoid. HOWEVER...I found some awesome CALENDARS in there the other day and I knew I could put them to instant use. Fun Friday was coming and I knew they would make a great center. 

The calendars.....well I didn't take a before picture but you know what type of calendars I mean. Lots of pictures of cars, beautiful scenery, animals....the type of calendar that people give away as a business. At the end of the year they dump them all because really, who can use an old calendar? 

Kindergarten students that's who! 

I put the calendars at a cutting station for Fun Friday and let their creativity fly. We have some large writing paper that I hoarded years ago so I set that out too. Here are the results: 

This blog post has free kindergarten writing activities using paper and old calendars for inspiration! Students don’t need prompts they just need some ideas to get the sentences flowing! This post reviews how students can practice their writing skills with a fun twist. #kindergartenclassroom #writinglessons

Each student found a fun way to use the calendars. The boys loved all of the cars and motorcycles, the girls went for all of the pretty sunset pictures, and a few just put together a mod podge of pictures because it was fun to cut them all out! 

This blog post has free kindergarten writing activities using paper and old calendars for inspiration! Students don’t need prompts they just need some ideas to get the sentences flowing! This post reviews how students can practice their writing skills with a fun twist. #kindergartenclassroom #writinglessons

This blog post has free kindergarten writing activities using paper and old calendars for inspiration! Students don’t need prompts they just need some ideas to get the sentences flowing! This post reviews how students can practice their writing skills with a fun twist. #kindergartenclassroom #writinglessons
 Vegas was a very popular theme this fun Friday!

This little guy is so talented but doesn't always write a lot. This was huge for him! 

This blog post has free kindergarten writing activities using paper and old calendars for inspiration! Students don’t need prompts they just need some ideas to get the sentences flowing! This post reviews how students can practice their writing skills with a fun twist. #kindergartenclassroom #writinglessons

At first I was sad this student didn't really write anything and then I noticed the cutting around the car. This was awesome fine motor practice. 

This blog post has free kindergarten writing activities using paper and old calendars for inspiration! Students don’t need prompts they just need some ideas to get the sentences flowing! This post reviews how students can practice their writing skills with a fun twist. #kindergartenclassroom #writinglessons

I love the science connection with this one. "That family is going to look for food". Yes, that is exactly what it looks like! 

I got more writing out of all of my students because they weren't distracted by the drawing. The student that might be too intimidated to draw a detailed picture didn't have to worry about that with this project. All in all it was a great addition to our centers this week. 

Are you a hoarder too? Then you probably have some of these calendars laying around. Try this out! 

Easy Peasy Word Work

Do you reinvent the wheel every single week when it comes to centers, word work, stations.....whatever you happen to call them? Yeah, me too! I know better, I swear I do but it just never fails. I am here today to tell you that there IS A BETTER WAY!
Word work in kindergarten, first grade, or even 2nd can be easy with these Daily 5 activities. Students use a variety of materials to work with words. Whether you are using this for centers, a hands on option for stations, or just some easy games to play with words during the day these ideas are a big hit! Organization is simple, there are NO COPIES to make, and your students will become better readers in no time. #kindergartenclassroom #wordwork #centers
Let me begin by saying I am a big fan of Daily 5. I run my room about as closely to the Daily 5 model as possible but this is one area I just never could give in on. The sisters suggest having out materials for students to build words, write words, and work with words during this choice. It is that simple. It is called word work after all right? 

I have always felt the need for my work work choices to be very specific so that students could be working on what I wanted them to be working on. Wait a minute.....that's the opposite of Daily 5 philosophy. It's all about CHOICE and becoming a BETTER READER so why am I making all of the choices? 

So here is what I did. I put as many random materials as I could find in my classroom and made them available to students. THAT'S IT! Along with a sight word list to use as a reference and one fun morning of showing them what it was all about and I haven't looked back since. They are working SO HARD during our word work time because they are truly using materials they love and making good choices to become better readers and writers. It has been amazing! 

Here are a few simple, simple examples. Again...simple! I did not go out of my way for any of these! 

#1 Magnets
I have a couple of really organized sets of magnets and then these just thrown in a clear shoe box. Guess which one gets picked the most? You guessed it! Maybe it's the bright colors or maybe kids are just drawn to chaos. Either way it's a win!  
Word work in kindergarten, first grade, or even 2nd can be easy with these Daily 5 activities. Students use a variety of materials to work with words. Whether you are using this for centers, a hands on option for stations, or just some easy games to play with words during the day these ideas are a big hit! Organization is simple, there are NO COPIES to make, and your students will become better readers in no time. #kindergartenclassroom #wordwork #centers
 #2 Wiki Sticks
I lied. I did go out of my way for this one just because I've always wanted to use them. My students think they are really fun! One of my kiddos who struggles the most during word work time (and refuses to use a sight word list) spelled out "tatr tot" last week using these. He was pretty impressed with himself and I was too!

I got these from Amazon. You can see them through my affiliate link HERE.  
Word work in kindergarten, first grade, or even 2nd can be easy with these Daily 5 activities. Students use a variety of materials to work with words. Whether you are using this for centers, a hands on option for stations, or just some easy games to play with words during the day these ideas are a big hit! Organization is simple, there are NO COPIES to make, and your students will become better readers in no time. #kindergartenclassroom #wordwork #centers
 #3 Pom poms
I've used these for fine motor before but I've never just included them in word work. They get picked every round! I didn't originally tell them to use a cookie sheet to build on but I like how it keeps everything in one space. They came up with that idea. 
Word work in kindergarten, first grade, or even 2nd can be easy with these Daily 5 activities. Students use a variety of materials to work with words. Whether you are using this for centers, a hands on option for stations, or just some easy games to play with words during the day these ideas are a big hit! Organization is simple, there are NO COPIES to make, and your students will become better readers in no time. #kindergartenclassroom #wordwork #centers
 #4 Beads
I has these from the Dollar Tree for my fine motor bins too so I just included them in word work for now. They are REALLY interesting to build with because you have to pick up each bead and set it on its side so it won't roll away. The cookie sheet came in really handy for this one. 
Word work in kindergarten, first grade, or even 2nd can be easy with these Daily 5 activities. Students use a variety of materials to work with words. Whether you are using this for centers, a hands on option for stations, or just some easy games to play with words during the day these ideas are a big hit! Organization is simple, there are NO COPIES to make, and your students will become better readers in no time. #kindergartenclassroom #wordwork #centers
 #5 Plain OLD white boards
I have really old yucky white boards. Guess what? They don't care! I set them all on the shelf and they pick one, a marker, and a sock (they are baby socks) and write their sight words. Marker dry? DON'T COME GET ME! Just throw it out and get a new one! I put an old assortment of markers in here so we could weed out the bad ones. 
TIP! Put your sight word list in a sheet protector and students can cross off words as they write them. My students figured out that organization tip too. I love when they help me figure things out! 
Word work in kindergarten, first grade, or even 2nd can be easy with these Daily 5 activities. Students use a variety of materials to work with words. Whether you are using this for centers, a hands on option for stations, or just some easy games to play with words during the day these ideas are a big hit! Organization is simple, there are NO COPIES to make, and your students will become better readers in no time. #kindergartenclassroom #wordwork #centers
 #6 Letter Tiles
These came with our Reading Street materials and they are really fun for building CVC words because there are so many vowels included. I encouraged them to work on sight words but I noticed one student building CVC words, blending them together, and then sorting them into real words and make believe words.You better believe I had him share out at the end of word work to show his classmates and now everyone is doing it too. Instant center.....no prep! 
Word work in kindergarten, first grade, or even 2nd can be easy with these Daily 5 activities. Students use a variety of materials to work with words. Whether you are using this for centers, a hands on option for stations, or just some easy games to play with words during the day these ideas are a big hit! Organization is simple, there are NO COPIES to make, and your students will become better readers in no time. #kindergartenclassroom #wordwork #centers
 #7 Scrabble Tiles
Seriously though. I have been collecting these forever and I NEVER use them because well.....honestly I didn't know what to do with them. It bothered me a little that they were all capitals but guess what? My kids don't care! They love using the little stand to build words with and it does not matter one little bit that they are all capitals. 
Word work in kindergarten, first grade, or even 2nd can be easy with these Daily 5 activities. Students use a variety of materials to work with words. Whether you are using this for centers, a hands on option for stations, or just some easy games to play with words during the day these ideas are a big hit! Organization is simple, there are NO COPIES to make, and your students will become better readers in no time. #kindergartenclassroom #wordwork #centers

#8 Letter Stamps
I had these already and they are always a part of our word work so this was a station that just stayed the same. I do like that they have to focus on our new words of the week for this one. I have to be in a (little) bit of control sometimes! But my 2nd grade colleague just has blank paper at this station and they stamp any word they want. I'm sure my kiddos would love that too! I might switch it out and have them do that next week. You can get the STAMPS HERE and the STAMP PAD HERE. These are affiliate links which means I get a small amount if purchase through the link at no additional cost to you. Seriously love these though and they have lasted a long time! 
Word work in kindergarten, first grade, or even 2nd can be easy with these Daily 5 activities. Students use a variety of materials to work with words. Whether you are using this for centers, a hands on option for stations, or just some easy games to play with words during the day these ideas are a big hit! Organization is simple, there are NO COPIES to make, and your students will become better readers in no time. #kindergartenclassroom #wordwork #centers

#9 Paper Centers
Yes....I still need a little bit of control and my theory is that some kids will totally love using all of the hands on stuff but some kids still want to complete a paper like a cut and glue, word search, or write the room. I didn't do away with all centers, I just added all of the fun word work centers into what we already had going. BUT! This has already saved me a ton of time in the planning department. I put out 4 papers for the week and that's it. All my centers are planned for! You can see the centers I have available that are aligned with Reading Street stories HERE.  This week our story is The Little Engine That Could.

You can see the four paper choices on top and then all of the materials stored below. I love these containers from Walmart because the handles on the sides lock the lids down tight and keep beads, wiki sticks, tiles, and pom poms from flying everywhere. 
Word work in kindergarten, first grade, or even 2nd can be easy with these Daily 5 activities. Students use a variety of materials to work with words. Whether you are using this for centers, a hands on option for stations, or just some easy games to play with words during the day these ideas are a big hit! Organization is simple, there are NO COPIES to make, and your students will become better readers in no time. #kindergartenclassroom #wordwork #centers

I have reflected a little bit on whether these were just working so well because my students are UBER independent right now or because this is just a great fit. I mean really, they are almost 1st graders after all! But I think that these would have worked great at the beginning of the year with some alphabet options just as nicely as they are working now. I put out similar items at the beginning of the year anyway, this would just be some added options. 

Would I overwhelm my students with all of this in one day. NO WAY! My students have been exposed to all of these items in one way or another (through fine motor stations, word work, or in small group with me) except for the wiki sticks. Those were brand new. I waited a couple of days to add those in to make a BIG deal about them. If this was the beginning of the year I would put out 2 choices until we were really solid with those choices and then add more in. 

Get the sight word list shown in the pictures that aligns with Reading Street Kindergarten words HERE.  These types of centers work great with these Rainbow Word Sight Word lists too!

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Word work in kindergarten, first grade, or even 2nd can be easy with these Daily 5 activities. Students use a variety of materials to work with words. Whether you are using this for centers, a hands on option for stations, or just some easy games to play with words during the day these ideas are a big hit! Organization is simple, there are NO COPIES to make, and your students will become better readers in no time. #kindergartenclassroom #wordwork #centers