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What is Print Awareness?

Children who have an awareness of print, understand that the words on a page represent spoken language.  They also understand that when an adult reads a book, what they say is linked to the words on that page.  Gaining this understanding, and knowing about books, in general, is the first step in learning to read!  Below are the concepts of print awareness.  Please practice them with your child when you read together.

 - Point out the front, back, top, and bottom of the book.  Talk about starting to read from the front and demonstrate how to hold the book.


 - As you point out the front of the book, name the author and the illustrator.  Share the fact that the author writes the book and the illustrator creates the pictures.  Show your child the title page and the dedication, if there is one.


 - Ask your child to point to a letter, a word, and a sentence on the page.  This will help him/her realize that words are made up of letters, and sentences are a complete thought that makes sense.  Pointing out the spaces between words and punctuation marks at the end of sentences will help prepare your child for reading and writing.


 - Find the first page of text.  Have your child identify the picture and show how we begin reading at the far left of the first line of print.  Track the words with your finger under the line of print as you read, so your child can begin to understand directionality (reading from left to right and then sweeping back to the left).


 - Ask your child to count the number of words in a sentence, from the uppercase letter to the ending punctuation.