As we approach a new year of learning that is filled with so much uncertainty, one thing we can be certain of is the need for literacy instruction. Your small groups will need their literacy tools at their fingertips. Plus, when each child has their own set of literacy manipulatives, it’s much easier to manage and find everything they need. You just pull out their toolbox!
Let’s take a look at how to build a literacy toolbox for our little learners and see what you might find inside one!
Literacy Toolbox Container
You can use many different things for the container. I used a nylon pencil pouch, but you could also use a supply box. Both can be easily wiped down and maybe even put in the dishwasher or washing machine!
Literacy Manipulatives to Include
Inside the toolbox, I put all the things that we typically needed during guided reading time.
- Sight Word Cards
- Letter Tiles
- ABC Chart
- Tiny Play-Doh
- Fun Pointers
- Elkonin Boxes
- Cubes (for use with Elkonin Boxes)
You can also include things students might need during literacy stations so each learner knows exactly where their tools are. And friends, because I wanted to make this as EASY as possible for you to recreate, I put all of this in ONE simple download for my email list friends!
Having a literacy toolbox with manipulatives for each little reader will be super helpful! Think about what your students would need at the guided reading table, during literacy stations, and at home for additional literacy instruction.
You can have it ready to go in their backpack, in their desk at school, or for them to take home. Then, they can just pull it out whenever the time comes for it! No more scrounging around trying to find letter tiles for everyone or elkonin boxes for everyone.
What would you add to the toolbox? Let me know in the comments!
*I have a brand new set of literacy manipulatives with the science of reading in mind! You can read all about them and get that FREE download HERE!*