Checking Print Concepts With Your Preschooler
Once you have practiced print concepts with your preschooler you are ready to check what they have learned. Instead of doing self-talk, ask them what to do next. Say: “Now where is the front of the book?” to see what they remember.
If they can do most of these and know a few words they are ready to start beginning reading. But start simple! Beginning books for preschool should have no more than one line of text with a picture. Any new vocabulary should be represented in the picture. For example: “I see the door.” with the picture of the door is on the page.
Questions To Ask
Remember not to act like it is a test. Just have a conversation and ask them to remind you what you are asking. They will get a kick out of this because they will think you forgot! It builds their self-esteem and makes them feel like a reader! You can say this: ”Wow!” You really know a lot about reading books!
- Ask them which is the front and back of the book.
- Ask them what the author does and what the illustrator does as you point to their names.
- Which page do I read first?
Show me where I would begin to read.
- Which direction do I read the words?
- What should I do when I finish reading this page?
- Read a short sentence from the book aloud, pointing to each word as he or she reads. Have them repeat the sentence, pointing to each word as he or she imitates you.
- After repeating the sentence, ask child to locate a word.
It’s Your Turn:
- Hold the book
- Look at the print
- Look at the pictures
- Read the words
- Practice print concepts
- Check for understanding
- Ask questions one at a time
- Have a conversation
Select a simple picture book to use that is one they haven’t seen before.
Review the concepts to keep it current.