Have you been following along with my blog series, #31daysofkindergarten? Well if you have been following, I’m sure you have noticed that there is a strong theme of distance and hybrid learning in many of the posts. That’s because this school year is going to be different. One like we have never seen before. Some school districts are doing hybrid learning, while others are completely learning online, and I have heard of others that are going back full-time. I am pretty sure that most schools are going to try and have separate individual supplies and tools for each student. Pencils, crayons, glue, and scissors will be easy to keep separate. But how are kindergartners going to get hands-on learning experience? What about our amazing literacy stations?!? While thinking about this and trying to solve the problem, I came up with an for individual phonics literacy kit.
How to Provide Individual Materials for A Literacy Kit
While wracking my brain, I was trying to imagine how a Kindergarten teacher would be able to supply each student with their own magnetic letters or letter tiles and accompanying activities. Working with letters in Kindergarten is so important and vital to every student’s academic success. And while purchasing a set for each student is possible, it most likely would be VERY expensive. Plus, what happens if a student loses a letter? 🙁 My mind immediately started thinking about printable letters and making portable kits. This quickly turned into Individual Literacy Kits for Little Learners!
These Lit Kits for Little Learners are a reasonable and inexpensive solution to having to have individual materials for each student. The kits are easy to assemble, can be stored efficiently and kept at school or taken home for blended, hybrid, or distance learning. And if a student loses a letter, you can quickly replace it. 🙂 Hopefully, with instruction and modeling, these kits can last the entire school year.
What is Included in the Lit Kit
- Blank Keyboard
- Uppercase Keyboard in Alphabetical Order
- Lowercase Keyboard in Alphabetical Order
- Uppercase Keyboard in Computer Keys Order
- Lowercase Keyboard in Computer Keys Order
- Find the Letter Match Mat – standard mat
- Find the Letter Match Mat – matching card frame
- Find the Letter Match Cards A-Z
- Find the Beginning Sound Mat – standard mat
- Find the Beginning Sound Mat – matching card frame
- Find the Beginning Sound Cards A-Z
Ideas & Tips for Creating Lit Kits
Here are the supplies I recommend for creating these kits. Of course, these are just my suggestions.
- Colored File Folders
- Clear 3/8 Velcro Dots
- Hole Puncher
- Mesh Zipper Pouches
- 2″ Binder/Book Rings
Here are the steps I took when creating these lit kits. First, I printed out the keyboards that I wanted on cardstock. (You will want to print  per kit. 1 keyboard gets affixed to the inside of the folder and the other keyboard letters get cut apart.) Laminate and affix one keyboard to inside of file folder. Cut out letters from 2nd keyboard. Using clear velcro dots, affix cut alphabet letters to keyboard inside of folder.
Next, choose the learning mats and accompanying cards you want for your students. (You can differentiate at this time.) Print out and laminate…or don’t laminate, the choice is always yours! 😉 Use the hole punch to punch a hole in the top corner of the learning mats. Attach the binder ring, so the learning mats are easy to access for the students and do not get lost!
Lit Kit Storage Ideas
I have been using these mesh zipper pouches over the last few years. I have used them for station material storage, as well as inside my student’s take-home book bags. They have held up really well and I continue to use them year after year. I recommend using these bags, since I have experience with them. In order to use them, I had to cut the top of the file folder down just a bit. The literacy kit will then fit inside, as well as all of the accompanying cards. I envision that these kits could then be kept at school, or taken back and forth from home.
I love that these lit kits are portable and can meet the needs of the students. Teachers could have the students pull out their kit and use the letters, should there be a whole-group lesson, or bring it to a small-group lesson.
Preview the Literacy Kit
If you are interested in checking out this literacy kit and reading more about the bundle activities that will be added, go check it out here!
Have questions about this literacy kit or even ideas that you think would make this even MORE amazing?! Leave your comment and I’ll respond back!!
That is a wrap for day 6 of #31daysofkindergarten here on my blog! In case you missed the previous posts in this series…
- Kindergarten Daily Academic Schedule
- Best Assessments for Kindergarten
- Preparing for the 2020 School Year
- Super Ideas for Teaching Rules & Procedures in a Kindergarten Classroom
- Boom Cards: Everything You Need to Know
Abigail is a Kindergarten Teacher, Curriculum Writer, National Speaker and author of the website, Kindergarten Chaos, LLC. She lives in Las Vegas, NV with her husband and 3 kids. She provides professional development to schools and districts all over the country. If your school or district is in need of professional development for everything Kindergarten, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org