We strive to provide a literature rich environment for children. Children are exposed to words, language and texts daily through shared reading, choral reading, songs, poems, read-alouds, and small group literacy activities. As reading and writing develop together, we encourage children to write daily by using phonetic writing. By ‘writing what they hear’, children expand and apply their letter sound knowledge. Kindergartners will be exposed to sight words which are words that are usually difficult to sound out, but appear often in text. We play games with the words daily and look for them in texts throughout the year to help the children learn these words. Our main goal in literacy is to help children develop a love of reading! We encourage you to read to your children daily, several times if possible. Children who are read to daily (both at home and school) will find it easier to learn to read themselves. We cannot emphasize this point enough. Learning to read is one of the most important gifts we can give children and kindergarten provides the foundation for reading.