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Designing Supportive Literacy Classrooms for Young Children

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.

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telephone bookscookbookmagnetic letters
message boardnewspapersnote pads
appointment booksmagazinesindex cards
business formscomputerpost-it notes
posterspaper all sizesreal phone
recipe cardsstationarycoupons
calenderssignsbusiness cards
clip boardsenvelopesstamps

WRITING INSTRUMENTS
pencilspensmarkers
felt tip penscolored pencilschalk
highlighterfluorescent crayonstypewriter
lettering stencilsstick on letterscalligraphy pens
alphabet stampsstamp pads

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