Best Ways To Check Print Concepts

Checking Print Concepts With Your Preschooler

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Preschoolers love to handle books and, “read”.

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.

http://www.literacyconnexus.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/book-sorting.pdf

 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?
  • Print concepts

    Hmmmmm……..

    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.

http://www.literacyresourcesinc.com/assets/1/7/Preschool_PA_Assessment-English.July_2014.pdf

Activities

It’s Your Turn:

Book Handling

  • Hold the book
  • Look at the print
  • Look at the pictures
  • Read the words

Print Concepts

  • 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.

Practical Guide to Teach Print Concepts

 


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