Environmental print is the print of everyday life. It’s the name given to the print that appears in signs, labels, and logos. Candy wrappers, labels on peanut butter and the M in McDonald’s are other examples of environmental print. For many emergent readers, environmental print helps bridge the connection between letters and first efforts to read.
Infact, when you are out driving and your child points to the McDonald’s sign and says, “Look Mommy, that is McDonald’s!”, your child is reading!!! When you are out at the grocery store and your child sees a soup can and says, “Campbell’s!”, they are reading!!!
Environmental print is a great starting tool for teaching phonics and reading. Most children recognize labels and logos from their favorite products. Environmental print provides lots of opportunities for kids to interact with letters, sounds, and words.
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