This classroom is a place where children have the opportunity to be children and to explore their environments and spaces in ways that make sense to them. Kindergarten is a place where children learn best through play and through active participation rather than through teacher-directed formal lessons. To that end. The facilitator observes carefully and listens closely trying to understand how it is that her students are constructing knowledge. Then the facilitator attempts to respond to what they are trying to do. The facilitator demonstrates and collaborates as a fellow – and more experienced- learner. The language that accompanies children’s experiences involves and engages them in many language modes and registers. The facilitator believes that they are ready readers and writers when they enter her classroom so she gives them many opportunities to use written language in natural, authentic ways. They begin to share reading and writing with each other and with other adults.