Literacy Centers by Suzanne Puccerella is a wonderful addition
to any home schooler’s bookshelf, if you like the worksheet
approach to learning. Your 2nd-3rd grade students work independently
at each center, even checking their answers after they are finished
working. The centers focus on the literacy skills of antonyms/synonyms,
homonyms, contractions, syllables, main idea and supporting details,
comparing and contrasting, prefixes and suffixes, alphabetical
order and sentence construction. The activities contain colorful
photos with engaging illustrations that make learning interesting
and fun for your students.
Literacy Centers is made up of 10 centers that can be made from
putting the pages of ten chapters into various folders. There
are pages just for the teacher and pages for the student to fill
out. All pages are perforated so they come out easily. Directions
are given as to how to set up a literacy center with an activity,
a practice sheet and answer key for the student to test their
I liked the way the centers are set up, although in my home school
we didn’t move around anywhere. I put the centers in a book
of page protectors and put everything pertaining to that center
in one pocket. I made copies of the activity and practice sheets
so that we could go over the information at the center more than
once. The pages that used cut outs were cut out and placed in
envelopes. My students would take out the cut outs, do the activity
and then place the cut outs back in the envelope.
This resource was very helpful in my home school. My students
were a bit younger than the recommended ages given in this book,
but the content and presentation of the material was good for
a supplement to their main language learning. I was able to use
this book in the ways that best suited our levels of learning.
While I wouldn’t run out and make this book my top priority,
it will be a very good addition for those needing help with their
home schoolers’ language arts lessons.