Children learn print awareness through opportunities that show how print is everywhere around them and that words have meaning and purpose. Knowing how to handle a book and how to follow words on a page are important parts of this skill.
Why is this important?
Any experiences children have with words in their environment and with sharing books add to the knowledge that will help them learn to read. Research shows that babies who play with books find it easier to read later on.
What can you do?
- When sharing books, point to the words on the page.
- Show your child that a book has a cover, with a title and author’s name.
- Look at the book cover and ask, “What do you think this book will be about?”
- Let your child hold the book and turn the pages.
- Point out and read words everywhere in the home and out in the community — such as on grocery lists, signs, labels and menus.
- Play fun, simple board games like “Candy Land” or “Chutes and Ladders.”
Which books are best?
Young children like books with pictures of familiar objects labeled with words. Look for books with great pictures that help tell the story.
Books to share:
- Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
- The Everything Book by Denise Fleming
- Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian by Jessica Spanyol
This information was shared from Kent District Library, Comstock Park ,MI.
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Last updated: March 28, 2016