It is important to create and provide meaningful print for preschool children. Children learn as they explore, interact and have meaningful discussion about the written word.
In order for children to explore and interact with the written word (print) we must set up our preschool classrooms to have a print rich environment through out the whole classroom.
If your classroom is full of print then it provides the children with countless opportunities to learn about letters, letter sounds and the concept of print. Children will be able to build on their knowledge that printed words hold meaning.
A print-rich environment includes:
· Child-made books (individual and group-process made)
With dictation of what each child said for their page of the book
· Teacher-made books
· Word Cards for the writing area
· Word Walls
· Print in all areas of the classroom even the bathroom
· Story Charts
· Printed Word Labels
· Maps for the block area
· Cozy Book Areas
· Story Telling On tapes
· Shard Writing Experiences
· Books, Books and More Books
· Print, Print and More Print