Your toddler asks if you’re going to “The Red Store.” He knows when you’ve just passed “Hamburger House” because of those ever-present yellow M’s! She tells you to stop when the stop sign is yards away.
Guess what? Your child is reading! Yes, reading! Of course, it’s not the type of reading we often think of, sounding out phonics, blending sounds, moving on to chapter books. Your child is reading environmental print: labels and signs in the world around us.
Environmental print comes in many forms. Cereal boxes, brand name logos, or road signs to name a few.
My boys love cars, so we just finished up some activities this week learning about environmental print in road signs.
Find all the ideas and activities in my guest post at the Melissa & Doug blog: All the “Signs” of Pre-Literacy – Environmental Print Activities!
Have your children begun noticing and reading environmental print yet? It’s so much fun when this begins!