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ERIC Number: EJ883568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Environmental Print: Real-World Early Reading
Prior, Jennifer
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v37 n1 p9-14 Win 2009
What is environmental print? It is symbols all around. Environmental print is on signs, billboards, packages, junk mail, and everywhere. Young children easily recognize environmental print in their surroundings. Their everyday experiences with print are an important classroom tool to help children connect what they already know about written language and what they are learning. This article reviews some of the most pertinent research about environmental print and describes ways to put research into practice. Teachers who draw young children's attention to environmental print can increase their awareness of letters, words, and sounds, such as those in familiar logos and signs. Several practical strategies, based on research about the values of environmental print for early literacy, are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A