Updated: Jun 27
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You can add various visual prompts including sounds, letters, tricky words, sentence starters etc to help develop children's reading and writing skills while they are spending time in your Literacy area. You do not have to spend lots of time making display resources, you could even hand write them like I have below!
Or if you would prefer to use printed Literacy resources, I have a few display resources you might want to check out below.
Try to include different types of writing or mark-making materials with different thicknesses and textures such as pens, pencils, crayons and chalks. This will help develop your student's fine motor skills as they can select various methods to express themselves.
Try and add different colors and types of paper to your writing area including blank paper, lined and squared. You could even introduce different materials with various surface types such as chalkboards, slate or textured paper for your students to use. My class especially loved using cards, gift tags envelopes in our writing area! These also link to real life experiences too.
You can add a basket of soft toys or teddies to your Literacy area as "reading buddies". Children can develop their reading skills by reading out loud to the teddies. I've found this a great way to develop your students confidence at reading aloud too!
When setting up your Literacy area try and make sure all your resources or prompts are at the children's eye level from wherever they will be, it might be from sitting at a writing table or reading on the floor.
You could add different types of text for children to explore, including story books, non-fiction, newspapers and magazines! I often collect leaflets, brochures and travel magazines to add to my Literacy area too.
Adding a place for children to display their work will give them a great sense of ownership with that space! This could be a display board or a string for them to hang their work from.
Adding examples of environmental print will allow children to explore how letters and sounds are used in everyday life. You could use examples such as shop signs, product logos and road signs.
If you are looking to brighten up your Literacy area of your early learning classroom, this FREE classroom decor pack includes my Pastel Alphabet bunting I mentioned above!