Good golly, Miss Molly! Where did summer go? Would you believe that some schools are starting today? August 1st also means I’ve got new ideas on my website today.
A key to nurturing readers is a print-rich environment. The National Early Literacy Panel (nifl.gov) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (naeyc.org) recommend immersing children in print, writing tools, signs, and books. Creating a literate environment will also support Common Core State Standards (Reading for Information, Foundational Skills, Writing, Speaking, and Language). My August, 2013, website article will give you ideas for planting a reading and writing “garden” in your classroom this year. You’ll find activities for making a unique classroom alphabet, as well as functional print books and ideas for literacy centers.