LANGUAGE-RICH CLASSROOM

A LOVE FOR BOOKS... 

Do you?

Read to the children in your class every day?
Let the children take books home from the classroom literacy area?
Find ways to encourage parents to read to their child at home?
Give children time each day to look at books independently or with a friend?
Encourage children to actively participate in read-aloud time through discussion and role-playing?
Link books with activities to further stretch the learning experience?

 

CLASSROOM LITERACY AREA...

Do you?

Place books where children can easily reach them?
Display books on open shelves to call attention to featured books?
Store books by category (e.g., animals, bugs, vehicles, etc.) in bins with either a label or a color code?
Rotate featured books on a monthly basis to pique children's interest in reading?
Have a cozy, inviting area for children to read on their own or with friends?

 

PHONEMIC AWARENESS... 

Do you?

Read and reread stories that have predictable sound patterns?
Sing, rhyme, and clap out the syllables of songs and chants?
Stretch words out so the children hear the sounds?
Play a variety of games that emphasize rhyming and beginning sounds?
Use words and songs in the daily classroom routine?
Help children identify rhyming words?

 

LETTERS AND WORDS...

Do you?

Read alphabet books to help children recognize the letters in print and learn the names of the letters?
Write and display children's names and any other words of interest?
Help children recognize and write their own name in print?
Involve children in writing activities?
Make paper, pencils, and markers easily accessible?

 

KNOWLEDGE OF PRINT...

Do you?

Show children how to hold a book properly?
Show children that we read print moving from left to right and top to bottom?
Identify the features of a book, such as the author, illustrator, and title?
Teach children the difference between a letter, a word, and a sentence?
Draw attention to uppercase and lowercase letters, punctuation, and other print features?

 

TYPES OF LITERATURE...

Do you?

Have at least 10 alphabet books in your collection?
Have a wide variety of picture storybooks including Caldecott Medal winners?
Have a collection of traditional literature such as nursery rhymes, folk tales, and fairy tales?
Have poetry included in your collection?
Have several informational books or texts like menus, signs, newspapers, greeting cards, recipes, etc., available for children to explore?
Have a few big books on hand to allow children to more easily see the pictures and follow the print as it is being read?