Higher Education

Tray Tasking: Activities that Promote Reading and Writing Readiness, 1st Edition

  • Victoria Folds, Ed.D. Ed.D., M.S. and B.A.E. degrees and is a NAEYC validator and mentor
  • ISBN-10: 1401872263  |  ISBN-13: 9781401872267
  • 192 Pages
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $39.50



This resource on tray tasking provides the tools educators need to promote reading and writing readiness through fun, hands-on activities. By using familiar household items in new ways, children strengthen eye and hand coordination for future reading and writing success. Using this learning system, children will simply manipulate items organized on a tray in such a way that they are moving their eyes, arms and hands from left to right and top to bottom, the same directions used for reading and writing. Teachers will learn how to create a tray tasking learning center in their classrooms, a great setting for authentic assessment. They can create at least ten tray tasks to be available and accessible at all times. This resource educates teachers and parents about engaging children in activities that promote whole body preparation for reading and writing skills-all while having fun!

Features and Benefits

  • Fun, hands-on activities promote reading and writing readiness
  • Activities encourage left-to-right and top-to-bottom directions, the same directions used in reading and writing
  • The tray tasks and Tray Task Chart provide a means for authentic assessment
  • Tray tasks are easy to compile using common household and school items
  • Eye, hand and arm movements in tray task activities lead to whole body preparation for reading and writing

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction and Purpose of Tray Tasking.
Chapter 2: Dry Transfer Tray Tasking Activities.
Chapter 3: Wet Transfer Tray Tasking Activities.
Chapter 4: Arranging Your Small Manipulatives.
Chapter 5: Preparing Your Language Center.
Chapter 6: Accommodating Your Science Center.
Chapter 7: Parent Notes.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Victoria Folds, Ed.D.

Victoria Folds is the Director of Curriculum at Children of America and an Adjunct Professor at Broward Community College and Palm Beach Community College. She is a member of the NCCA in which she served on the Board of Directors for 5 years, and is a 25-year member of the NAEYC.