On this page you will find a collection of motivational ideas, strategies and tips that will enhance your early literacy program.
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Here is a set of beliefs that we have adopted concerning
how kids learn to read and write.
Children need to see themselves as readers and writers.
Reading and writing are mutually supportive processes--growing expertise in one area influences the other.
Children do not need to know letters and sounds before you put a book in their hands.
The key to getting kids to write is modeling.
Read a Book Song
Here’s a fun song to use to celebrate reading anytime!
Sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”
Read, read, read a book,
Beginning to the end.
What a way to spend the day
A book’s a special friend.
Read, read, read a book!
A book will take you there!
A Favorite Quote
“Read the best books first or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”
Henry David Thoreau
What Strategies Do
Good Readers Use?
Renee Keeler, a 2nd grade teacher at Lee Elementary School in Los Alamitos, CA, introduces reading strategies by writing them on a cumulative poster she displays near her guided reading table.
Thank you, Renee, for your powerful teaching idea.
Sound out words
Read at reading time
Read all kinds of books
Read challenging books and easy books
Sometimes read silently
rereading or reading on
Sequence the events
Make personal connections
Retell stories after reading
Practice reading everyday
Evaluate the story
Evaluate the characters
Make text-to-text connections (story-to-story)
Reading Strategy Bookmarks
Renee also makes Reading Strategy Bookmarks to remind her students, as they read, about what good readers do.
Recommended by Renee
Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader’s Workshop by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmermann, published by Heinemann
Stratagies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding
by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis published by Stenhouse