ABC Centers

ABC Centers is the time of day that most students eagerly look forward to! It is a very active time in which students have the opportunity to work hands on with literacy materials.  Students feel as though they are just 'playing games', but they are actually actively engaged in the learning process as they are thinking and doing!  They are practicing and developing letter/sound knowledge, listening skills, oral language expression, rhyme, letter formation, cooperation, etc.

In EDK, students are involved with ABC Centers each day. In our regular Kindergarten session, students participate in ABC Centers approximately once each week.  ABC Centers may also be chosen during free choice time once introduced.

Some of Our ABC Centers

ABC Memory/Go Fish

ABC Sounds

Alpha Bears

Big or Little 1

Big or Little 2

Book Baskets

Chicka Chicka ABC


Fun Fonts

I Can Read!

Letter Search

Letter Writing


Read/Write the Room

Rhyme Time

Seasonal ABC's


Stamp a Story

Word Maker



EDK students are assigned to one of four groups. Each group is also assigned to a color-coded table. Students complete most of their ABC Centers at their table (or on the carpet when more room is needed for an activity). Book Baskets, Stamp a Story, Read the Room, and Write the Room do not hold to this rule.

Each day, at the start of our ABC Center time, students check the ABC board.   The ABC board shows them which two centers their group may work in.  The ABC center signs are rotated each day so that all students may explore all of the centers that are being used during that week.  The signs on the ABC board coordinate with the labels on each ABC center tub. Most materials are stored in the labeled tubs on shelving at the child's level.


EDK ABC Board Photo



ABC Center Tubs Photo

ABC Center Tubs



  • Students must start working on the tub activity they are assigned to first on the chart.
  • Once students complete one activity and have an adult check it, they may bring the second ABC tub to their table if they desire to.
  • Students must work the entire time.
  • Students may not choose an ABC tub or other activity that is not assigned to them for that day.

More Ideas

If you would like more center ideas, check out the following websites.

KinderKorner -This is where I first saw the idea for ABC Centers!  There is a collection of ABC Centers here from Victoria -the list owner, and KinderKorner members.
Literacy Centers - First Semester K - ideas accumulated by Debbie Harrison
Literacy Centers - Second Semester K - ideas accumulated by Debbie Harrison
Teachers.Net Lesson Bank -Here, there are more collections of ideas for ABC/Literacy Centers
Literacy (and Developmental) Centers - with info and printable signs, free from Carl's Corner
Alphabet Pattern Block Printables - free from Confessions of a Homeschooler

Also, I would recommend the following books

  • Developing Literacy Using Reading Manipulatives by  Sandi Hill (Creative Teaching Press, 1997) ISBN 1-57471-222-5
  • Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction by Donald Bear, et al. (Prentice-Hall, 1996) ISBN 0-02-307490-6
  • Word Matters: Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom by Pinnell and Fountas (Heinemann, 1998) ISBN 0-325-00051-4
  • Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work by Debbie Diller (Stenhouse Publications, 2003)  ISBN  1-57110-353-8



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