The physical environment of the classroom can be a powerful tool in support of literacy learning or an unrecognized and undirected influence. There are many compelling reasons for using literacy props to create authentic settings for learning literacy. Literacy props properly organized can be used to extend and enrich every area of the curriculum. Because children enjoy using literacy props, they tend to remain on task for longer periods of time. They sustain attention and effort longer. Placing literacy props into environmentally authentic literacy learning settings provides a learning environment that is indispensable to children's future growth in language and literacy.
The following are a list of curriculum materials to include in your classroom so that the environment is supportive of literacy learning.
|telephone books||cookbook||magnetic letters|
|message board||newspapers||note pads|
|appointment books||magazines||index cards|
|business forms||computer||post-it notes|
|posters||paper all sizes||real phone|
|felt tip pens||colored pencils||chalk|
|lettering stencils||stick on letters||calligraphy pens|
|alphabet stamps||stamp pads|
Reytzel, D.R. & Wolfersberger, M. (1996).An Environmental Impact Statement: Designing Supportive Literacy Classrooms for Young Children.Reading Horizons, 36(3), 266-282.
Just having all these curriculum materials readily available to students in your classroom and modeling their use could be the best steps you can take toward fostering early literacy development.