Familiar Word Wall

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 🙂

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2 Comments on Familiar Word Wall

  1. Allison
    March 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm (7 years ago)

    Love that idea — Kennedy is already pointing out signs when we drive…one tip is that I do not put on a movie in the car when we are driving around town – only for road trips. that way she can observe the world around her! And of course we talk about what she sees — so it takes effort on my part to point to things that she sees, but I love the idea of posting a board and being more intentional with sign/word recognition.

    • jcook3
      March 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm (7 years ago)

      You are such a great example of an intentional momma 🙂 If you don’t buy stuff at the fast food restaurants that much you could always copy and paste the images in a word document, print them and back them to cardstock. Knowing you, you will make it look cute so I can’t wait to see what ever you do!


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