Some things to remember about centers.
Centers need to be ever changing. Repetition is good. Kids learn exactly how to use the materials, but if you use the same materials day after day, week after week, month after month, the children will get bored and become a behavior problem.
Centers should be mostly independent. This way you as the teacher can facilitate, solve behavior problems, have small groups, and perform assessment.
Centers may seem like play to children, but they should be organized and purposeful.
Letter Work provides children with multiple opportunities to play with letters.
fish and eggs in color or black and white
Chicka Chicka tree uses magnetic letters.
letter drawers with beginging letter items- I have lots of these with words also. They are easy to make. Just collect little toys. Put them in a drawer with a card with the letter it begins with or the word.
simple and colorful letters made from pipe cleaners
geo board letter mats
finding the alphabet game
making cute magnetic letters
magnetic stone letters
Fabric magnet letters
more cute DIY letters
rag quilt letters
I like how she used words to make a letter sound matching game here.
Here are neat color printable worksheets that could be addapted for centers.
Here is a cute way to practice writing letters
I love this teachers centers- here are a few upper case and lower case sorting printables
Here is a letter sound cut and paste along with other ideas.
These are just a few ideas for a center that exposes children to letters. Do you have any neat ideas you would like to share?