The classroom environment plays a critical role in early reading literacy, and learning development and growth. Students need:
• to be surrounded with a rich selection and quantity of texts that provide great variety for readers;
• daily opportunities to practice authentic reading with print and non-print resources;
• multiple opportunities for reading with self-selected, appropriate, and “just right” texts for various purposes, including practicing the processes and habits of effective readers;
• engagement in meaningful conversations about what they have read and have learned from reading; and
• a safe and accepting environment that encourages risk-taking and builds competent, confident learners.
Teachers need to model processes and habits of effective readers, and guide students toward independent application. Through an engaging reading literacy and learning environment, teachers can foster and promote the passion for and joy of reading (Early Reading Strategy, 2009).