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ERIC Number: EJ945685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Children Write Their World: Environmental Print as a Teaching Tool
Giles, Rebecca McMahon; Tunks, Karyn Wellhousen
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v38 n3 p23-30 Fall 2010
Early encounters with environmental print, words, and other graphic symbols found in children's surroundings are among their first concrete exposures to written language. These experiences: (1) provide an introduction to making meaning of abstract symbols; and (2) offer children their first opportunity to make sense of the world through print. As a result, children typically read print from their environment before reading print in books. This article describes the many values of incorporating environmental print in early childhood classrooms. (Contains 1 table and 4 photos.)
Southern Early Childhood Association. P.O. Box 55930, Little Rock, AR 72215. Tel: 800-305-7322; Fax: 501-227-5297; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A