Boosting Your Child’s Print Awareness Skills–Quick Tips
While phonological awareness skills address how words sound, print awareness addresses how words look. Both are important pre-kindergarten skills. Here are some fundamental print awareness skills your children should master before they start kindergarten:
- Identify the front and back of the book
- Identify the top and bottom of the page
- Look at the book while turning the pages from left to right
- Identify the title on the front cover
- Identify titles of favorite books
- Distinguish between pictures and print on a page
- Know where the story begins in the book
- Identify letters that occur in her own name
- Print the first letter of her name
- Recite the alphabet
- Point to the first and last letter in a word
- Differentiate uppercase from lowercase letters
- Use terms such as letter, word, alphabet
- Respond to common environmental signs (e.g., stop, restroom signs)
In terms of print awareness, make sure your child understands these terms and can identify their corresponding symbols: uppercase letter, lowercase letter, book, cover, page, sentence, comma, period, question mark.
Your children are at a great advantage if they can walk into the first day of kindergarten with these skills mastered!
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