Print Awareness And Reading Readiness: Language and Literacy In Children Aged 3 -5
Widely Held Expectations
- Child shows an awareness of print as a form of meaningful communication
- Follows the print on the page, moving eyes from left to right and top to bottom (uses finger under print)
- Identifies some letters and numbers
- Recognizes and begins to write own name
- “Reads” familiar environmental print (logos, posters, signs, etc.)
- Child understands that each spoken word can be written down and read
Learning in Action: Examples
- Asks people to read stories, signs or notes
- Reads several words or a few simple phrases or sentences
- Points to words using a left to right progression when “reading” picture books
- Picks out and labels specific letters from their name when looking at book titles or program labels
- Wants to read stories to others
- Writes children’s explanations or labels on projects, artwork, block constructions, etc.
- Encourages children to help read the job chart, program rules and daily schedule
- Encourages children’s interest and their attempts to copy or write their own name
The Environment Includes
- Pictures, posters, labels on cubbies, materials, toy shelves, etc.
- Easily accessible writing center filled with a wide variety of materials (books, children’s names, signs, children’s artwork and stories, labels, alphabet charts, pencils, markers, etc.)
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