Capstone/Dissertation Title

Using literacy centers to support a balanced literacy program in a kindergarten classroom

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how can literacy centers support a balanced literacy program in a kindergarten classroom? The motivating factor for this capstone was the author's goal to provide more support for the skills taught in her whole group balanced literacy program. This capstone describes the differences in traditional learning centers versus current literacy centers. It also explains the benefits of offering literacy centers to kindergarten students. Finally, it provides guidelines for creating and implementing effective literacy centers and choosing appropriate topics for them. The author created lesson plans for literacy centers during the seven-week study, and observed students to determine if: 1) they were meaningful for the students 2) they were kindergarten appropriate 3) the students were engaged making independent choices for their learning 4) the students were on task 5) the literacy center were sustainable 6) the literacy centers supported the classroom balanced literacy program.

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