The library, writing center, read alouds, and meeting time immerse students in literacy. These centers foster the development of a love of words and language through read alouds and meaningful writing activities. Oral language and vocabulary development is emphasized, as it often is a precursor to early reading. Students use imagination, self-expression, and communication skills to engage in writing activities, drawing from their own personal experiences. Children have the opportunity to put their emergent literacy skills to work when writing, using their knowledge of letter-sound correspondence when sounding out words. Teachers encourage students to illustrate and write about their experiences, interests, and stories in their own words. The students enjoy sharing their stories with the class and even acting out them out!