The word work center is now turning into my favorite center and it is definitely because it is NO WORK at all for me!! Everything is set up in the center, the students know how to use it all, and they have total choice in what they do.
These are some pictures from my October Word Work centers. Students are spelling their CVC words with magnetic letters.
and working on beginning sounds!
This month SOME of my students are ready to take on the challenge of middle sounds. I introduced this center during small groups to see if any of my groups were ready. A lot of my students had difficulty with this. We have been working on beginning sounds so much that they would read the picture and immediately listen for the beginning sound. I had to keep reminding them to stretch the word and listen for the middle vowel.
My students LOVED this next center, 'Building Teepees'. They had to match the letter with the corresponding beginning sound picture. My lower group definitely still needs this practice and it is a great review/independent center for my other groups.
I have to brag a teeny, tiny bit...my students are doing AMAZING at CVC words!! I think they are enjoying the magnetic letters so much, that they don't even realize they are learning!
I am storing the centers for each month in a 2 gallon zip-lock. This way next year, I can just pull out the baggie and I am ready to go!!
I have my formal observation tomorrow so I will be back this weekend to share my lesson and let you all know how it went! Crossing my fingers for a nice, non-chatty Friday ;)