• Is the classroom filled with interesting, useful print?
• Are children’s names used to label cubbies, identify belongings?
• Is the alphabet displayed at the children’s eye level and in places where they can use it?
• Are books, writing tools and paper in use,? Is it handy for children to get on their own?
• Does the teacher read books aloud every day, to individuals, small groups and the class?
In addition to the above:
• Do small, flexible reading groups meet with the teacher several times a week?
• Are there frequent opportunities for children to choose books and magazines to look at?
• Are there scheduled writing times as well as children writing spontaneously?
• Do children have the opportunity for individual writing conferences with the teacher?
• Are there opportunities for children to take their writing through successive stages?
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