Creating a Child Friendly Literacy Environment

  • There are crayons, pencils, and paper for children’s writing and drawing.
  • Children see print used in the environment such as calendars, or labeled containers.
  • Picture books are located where children can easily reach them and are available throughout the day.
  • Children are read to every day, either alone or in a group.
  • Each day includes at least one planned literacy activity to introduce letters, sounds and print.
  • There are materials available for pretend play, such as empty cereal boxes, packaging and labels.
  • You encourage the playful use of language through nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Children dictate stories to you so that they can see their own words in print.
  • You ask questions about the children’s daily experiences (i.e. “What did you do today?”)
  • Projects and trips through the year include early language and literacy experiences (i.e. a visit to the library, visiting the supermarket, noticing signs during a walk).
  • Infants and toddlers have sturdy board books with easy-to-turn pages. And you know the importance of repeating their sounds gently back to them.
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