How To Set Up A Preschool Literacy Center

Preschool teachers and homeschool mamas are definitely going to want to check out this post. I’m sharing lots of quick & easy Literacy Center ideas for little kids!

Our homeschool writing area has been a total hit and of course it’s a fun and inexpensive way to encourage preschoolers & kindergartners to practice important reading and writing skills.

collage of preschool literacy resources with text: How To Set Up A Preschool Literacy Center

The last week or so has meant a focus on putting together a Literacy Center for our homeschool.

Language and literacy skills are so important for preschoolers and kindergartners. I mean, think about it! Reading and writing are the foundation of everything that we’ll learn for the rest of our lives.

Needless to say, the little guy is definitely all kinds of excited about what I put together for him and obviously our writing center has been getting lots of use!

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.

And you know what? The best part is that I managed to put it together inexpensively using mostly stuff that we already had.

Preschool Literacy Center
How To Get Started With Setting Up A Preschool Literacy Center

A lot of what I used were things that have been included in our Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) preschool curriculum kits over the last three or so years. We get so many amazing resources each and every month.

And thanks to this wonderful curriculum, the little guy knew letters and letter sounds by the time that he was three. I’m seriously all kinds of impressed and I’ve always taken every possible opportunity to share how much we love it!

It really has been a huge blessing to us!

Today I wanted show you how I used them to create a quick & easy literacy center for preschool & kindergarten.

First things first, I wanted our writing area to be portable, so I found this fun 3-drawer organizer and it was absolutely perfect for what I had in mind.

Let’s talk about what kinds of things I included.

What To Include In A Preschool Literacy Center

Homeschool Literacy Center
Like I said, this 3-drawer organizer was the basis of our literacy center. The top drawer includes I Can Read books that we’ve gotten with our curriculum kits, alphabet stickers, paper pads, and a mini chalkboard.

I Can Read! books in preschool literacy center
Alphabet Manipulatives

The middle drawer is full of alphabet manipulatives. We got these fun letter cookie cutters  from Mother Goose Time a few years ago as well as the foam letter pieces.

This year, we’ve been receiving loose parts letters, which we’re loving to explore building the letters of the alphabet. You’ll definitely want to check back next week if you’re interested in more literacy activities for preschoolers.

Literacy Center Letter Manipulatives
And last but not least, the bottom drawer is full of jumbo alphabet cards that I laminated, which were also from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) either last year or the year before.

nametags and jumbo letter cards in drawer with markers
We get a handful of name tags every month with our preschool curriculum, which means that we have a few blank ones as well as ones with the little guy’s name on them here too that we’ve laminated.

I love that he can use them again and again to practice writing and/or tracing his name.

sight word pointers on binder ring
We can’t forget about the sight words pointers, which I pull out of our curriculum kit, laminate, and then put on this jump ring. The more fun and interactive that I can make reading, the better. After all, little kids learn best from play.

Magnetic Storytelling Pieces in metal tray
Storytelling for Preschoolers

Probably my absolute most favorite thing that we’ve ever gotten are these magnetic storytelling pieces. They coordinate with our monthly storybooks, but we’ve been mixing them together and tossing them into this container.

We use them to practice storytelling, which is just one of the many literacy activities for preschoolers that I’ll be sharing next week.

tray filled with crayons and chalk
I found this cute aqua tray at the Dollar Tree and we grabbed it for storing our crayons, chalk, and colored pencils.

I wanted the little guy to be able to practice writing cards or letters or even stories. Basically whatever he’s inspired to do on that particular day.

markers and small journals in wooden tray
Journal Ideas for Preschoolers

I am seriously in love with journaling and we receive a journal full of activities every month in our preschool curriculum kits, but I also grab these blank books when I find them at Target.

Right now, they’re in a tray so that he can grab them and write whenever he wants. I used a tin pail for markers and pencils.

homeschool literacy and writing center
And of course here’s a look at our preschool literacy center as a whole. As you can see, we have lots of fun stuff for the little guy to do and he’s been using it just about every day.

It makes my mama heart happy to see how much he loves to read and write!

collage of preschool literacy resources with text: Preschool Literacy Center IdeasNext week, I’ll be sharing some of our favorite ideas for literacy activities for preschoolers.

Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with preschool homeschool!

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