A LOVE FOR BOOKS...
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...
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?
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?