Three of my granddaughters live 30 minutes away and visit quite often. Buckled in their car seats, the 4 and 5-year-olds, can do little more than observe the many signs and stores they pass along the route. On a recent trip, I was amazed at the number of places and signs they were able to “read” along the way. After boasting about their Environmental Print awareness and getting quite a few blank faces from my family and friends, I realized I found a future blog topic!
What is Environmental Print?
The term Environmental Print (EP) refers to the signs and logos kids see every day in their world. It is one of the earliest exposures to written language that sends the message that print has meaning. Kids can make connections with some of the images because they may have visited the stores or seen them on TV. What child doesn’t’ recognize the “golden arches”?
4 Benefits of Environmental Print?
- Helps to make connections to the world around them.
- Gives kids a “reading experience” before reading print in books.
- Builds confidence in young children and gets them excited about reading
- Requires no preparation and is FREE! Can’t get much easier than that!
Examples of EP All Around Us: Signs: (Speed Limit, STOP, Slow, Railroad, WALK), labels:(food boxes, bags/ bottles, signs: familiar stores/restaurants, logos for favorite toys.
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