developing print awareness

A second important aspect of literacy development is helping your child recognize print and understand that it conveys a message. Perhaps all a parent ever really needs to do is read to a child and the child will figure this out. But there are several other ways you can help drive home the point. These activities can help ensure your child is developing foundational reading readiness skills.

Point to each word as you read a story. This reinforces the idea of left to right directionality and the connection between specific sounds and words.

Explain the format of a book. You can teach the vocabulary related to the parts of a book: front cover, title page, dedication page, and table of contents, for example. Remember to read the author’s and illustrator’s names. Point out page numbers if the book as them.

Help a child create his or her own books.

Label objects in your child’s room and practice reading the words together. Add sentences or labels to the pictures that your child draws. Or use a white board or chalkboard to write sentences that your child dictates.

What are some other ways to have fun with words?

4 thoughts on “developing print awareness

  1. Rhyming is another good way. Little kids like it. Once we were rhyming words and Abby pointed out Tanya and lasagna rhyme. 🙂

  2. Thank you for these tips. My oldest is reading, and she basically taught herself. My youngest wants to figure it out, but gets frustrated so fast so I think these tips will help me help her.

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