For the next couple reading posts, I will be sharing pictures from friend’s classrooms that I am hoping will inspire ideas you might use in your home:
Today’s idea is to make a space in your playroom for Environmental Print:
Title the space to define the purpose.
Post some French fry cartons, bag cut outs, cereal boxes, candy bag cut outs, and other print from the environment that your child will recognize and be able to read with confidence.
That way when you ask your child questions about sounds they hear at the beginning of words, you can reference the wall in the playroom. For example:
If you are eating biscuits for breakfast you might say “Ooh, I’m wondering what letter-sound “biscuit” starts with? It makes the same beginning sound like in the word Burger King.” At this point your child will most likely remember seeing the “B” in the word Burger King. However, be listening carefully to their answer. You asked what SOUND biscuit started with, so if your child answers with the letter “B” you might say “That’s great thinking because ‘B’ is the letter at the beginning of biscuit, and it stands for the sound /b/!”
Milet, a Mommy Teacher, shared this picture on the Mommy Teacher Facebook Wall, and shared that “the coolest thing is that the students actually take the initiative to add to our environmental print board and tape/glue their print.”
Do you have pictures that might inspire? Send them to me through My Contact Me page 🙂