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Environmental Print. Early Literacy Development Jessica McKenzie EDU- 558. Environmental Print & Early Literacy Development. Your child can have fun learning to read even when books are not available.

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environmental print

Environmental Print

Early Literacy Development

Jessica McKenzie

EDU- 558

environmental print early literacy development
Environmental Print &Early Literacy Development
  • Your child can have fun learning to read even when books are not available.
  • Environmental print provides lots of opportunities for kids to interact with letters, sounds, and words.
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Environmental Print &Early Literacy Development
  • Environmental print is the print of everyday life. It's the name given to the print that appears in signs, labels, and logos.
  • Street signs, candy wrappers, labels on peanut butter and the K in Kmart are other examples of environmental print.
  • For many emergent readers, environmental print helps bridge the connection between letters and first efforts to read.

Cereal boxes are colorful and interesting to look at. Ask your child to find the first letter of his name somewhere on the box. See if he can find other letters from his name too.

  • Catherine
  • Heather
  • Evan
  • Olivia

Choose a simple sign to focus on

STOP; talk about the meaning of STOP and talk about the sound:

("The S makes the /ssssssss/ sound.")

GO: guh guh guh sounds


After students gathered lots of pictures of signs and words from items, they can sort these items by beginning letter.

  • Identify the sounds made by the letters in logos. Sort logos and words by category (foods, drinks, snacks, signs).
  • A simple alphabet book can be created using all your cutouts by organizing all the A words, B words, C words, etc.
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Environmental Print &Early Literacy Development
  • Environmental print is a great tool for teaching phonics and reading.
  • Many children do not get direct literacy exposure in their homes, but most children recognize labels and logos from their favorite products, even if they cannot read.
  • Using environmental print accesses your students prior knowledge and is a fun way to improve word knowledge.
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Environmental Print &Early Literacy Development
  • Make a word wall of environmental print labels. Categorize each label by its beginning letter.
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Environmental Print &Early Literacy Development

Nelson, K. (2009) Sarasota Florida, Teacher of the Year. Retrieved from http://www.mrsnelsonsclass.com/mrsnelsonsclass/about/

Tillman (2009) Classroom Arapaho. Retrieved from http://arapaho.nsuok.edu/~tillman/classroom%20set%20up.html.