Word Center
Objectives (based on the TEKS, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills)
*TLW know the difference between letters and words
*TLW identify and isolate the initial sound of a spoken word
*TLW learn and apply letter-sound correspondences
*TLW use phonological knowledge to map sounds to letters
*TLW identify and isolate the initial and final sound of a spoken word
*TLW understand that written words are composed of letters that represent sounds
*TLW understand that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters
*TLW write his/her own name and other important words
*TLW know that print moves left-to-right
*TLW produce rhyming words and distinguish rhyming words from non-rhyming words
The Word Center is home to lots of literacy learning.
Here are just a few of the activities we have available:

*Word clothesline-  Students use a mini-clothesline to clip letters in order
to spell out word wall words, names, word bank words, etc.  Then they
record them to take home.

*Word family strips- Students use rime fold-overs to create new words
in the same "family."  Then they record all the words they made.

*"Write the word" cards-  Students use letter/phonic knowledge to write
the word on each laminated picture card.

*ABC beads-  Students spell out words by stringing alphabet beads in order on
pipe cleaners.  Then they can make them into "word bracelets" to share with
their parents.

*Make a Sentence-  Students arrange magnetic words/pictures in a logical
order to create sentences.  They are encouraged to record their sentences
to share with their families.

*Grab Bag-  Students grab plastic letters out of  a drawstring bag.
They may either write a word which begins with that letter or pull out
several letters to make one word.  They love to pull out 2 consonants
and a vowel to make real and nonsense words!  Of course, they record these
words, too.

We have put many of our ideas for the Word center into book form.   
You may download a sample pack from the book on our
Freebies page
or purchase the full version from our Bookstore.
*Click on book  covers for  summaries,     
reviews, and purchase info from Amazon.com.