The following information is to suggest some resources for providing a literacy-rich environment for young readers. One of the biggest impacts on my philosophy about children’s literacy was the book, Joyful Learning in Kindergarten, by Bobbi Fisher. With some modifications, I have listed the following teacher resources for providing a rich literacy experience in the Pre-K and Kindergarten classroom.
As you design your space, keep the following things in mind.
- Children learn naturally
- Children know a lot about literacy before they begin school
- All children can learn
- Children learn best when learning is kept whole, meaningful, interesting, and functional
- Children learn best when they can make their own choices
- Children learn best by talking and doing things in a social environment
The classroom should include the following teacher resources: print throughout – songs, poems, charts, and big books. There will be pencils and crayons at all the centers. The teacher will be a role model for reading and writing.
- Use Shared Reading
- Have familiar songs, poems, and chants.
- Discuss the meaning of text, vocabulary
- Predict what the story is about
- Sing it or read it several times
- Have a group re-telling written by the teacher and illustrated by the children
- Dramatize the story
- Masking (Who can find a word that means upset?)
- Demonstrate writing during this time, too
- Set-up Centers with Text-Rich Activities
- Children make the choice of which center that they want to spend their time. Some examples are block, housekeeping, art, manipulative, science, music, and reading. It should be their choice. The teacher can use this time to observe and work individually or in small groups.
- I encouraged every child to visit the reading center during this free-choice time.
- Encourage Emergent Writing
- Use Journals
- Work with Phonemic Awareness
- Use Word Walls
- Using word walls increasing the text in the classroom. It is fun to change it.
The common core for North Carolina is listed below.