How to Read Environmental Print
Reading Environmental Print with Preschoolers
The most often overlooked way of learning to read is environmental print. Books are not the only way that preschoolers learn to read. Scores of early reading experiences happen before school starts.
Environmental print is familiar signs that a child recognizes in their life. Even before they know what the word says, they know what it means. How many 3-year olds recognize the McDonald’s logo? Nearly all of them! However, it is what you can do next that makes this learning exciting!
Print Logos from Internet
Once you have a sign your preschooler recognizes, print the logo from the Internet. Next, make a “read-it-yourself” book using the logo. Use a few simple words on each page when you tell the story about the time they saw that logo. You can even have your child help you with the writing! Remember to use the child’s name in the book. Finally, read the book to your preschooler just like you read other books. This will quickly become their favorite…and one that you will keep as a memory forever!
Which logos are important? The ones that teach safety, or the ones that brings positive memories to your child. It can even be an event that started out to be a little stressful. A trip to the hospital for a broken arm may seem stressful. A book about that event after it is over will help them remember everything turned out fine. This print is really great for your preschooler’s early reading experiences.
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It’s Your Turn:
Read Environmental Print
- Notice signs
- Point to the sign when you see it
- Name the sign
- Read the sign
Print Environmental Print
- Print environmental print logos from the Internet
- Make a book with the logos
- Keep the book and the memory forever
- Reread the book often