Workshops Are Working!

This is week 4 us and my first week to pull my small groups. However, we've been learning the rules and procedures for workshops {literacy centers} since the first week. To begin with, I was rotating through making sure my little ones were on task and knew EXACTLY what to do. It is soooo important to model, model, model and practice, practice, practice!! Then, the kids did workshops while I did the diagnostic assessment for our new reading series. {Anyone else get the new McGraw Hill Reading Wonders and want to form a support group??}
When we first started, I used these cute rules from Kristen over at A Day in First Grade to get us going. If you're needing some help setting up centers, this pack is perfect!!

Now, since it's late and I have a sleeping baby on my arm, I'm going to let the pictures do the talking about what our workshops are right now...
Playdo Letters

Letter Match - if you're short on time or funds, buy a notepad or die cuts, write letters on them and cut apart for the kids to match.Super easy!

Letter Match...from my Alphabet Match pack

Beginning Sound Match...part of this pack

Clipping beginning sounds
Also from Beginning Sound Match It Up

Clipping letters to match the letters on a paint stick...another cheap, easy center!

Reading corner

Don't Miss the Bus...beginning sound game from my Back to School centers

Things at School beginning sound practice...also in this pack.
So, tell me...what are your favorite centers to start the year?


  1. I'm jealous that you have been able to actually start centers. I'm hoping to get there next week. I'm still in the training stage of Daily 5 and I'm so ready to just "get on with it!" This group is a little harder to train than I'm used to so it's taking longer than I'd like. I was able to work with students during Read to Self time yesterday so that's a step in the right direction!

    Always an Adventure in Kindergarten

  2. Umm....can I be the first person in this support group?!?! I LOVE the idea of matching letters on the paint stick!!! I'm getting ready for week 1 next week myself!!!

  3. Vickie, I recently started a group board on Pinterest dedicated to McGraw Hill Reading Wonders Resources. I would love to add you as a collaborator. Would you be interested? Following is a link to the board:


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