• What is it?

    Concepts ofPrint refers to the way printed words and letters are used and the rules theyfollow. Children learn to turn the pages of a book a certain way. They learn toread from left to right and top to bottom. Children understand the differencebetween letters, words, and sentences, and they learn that printed words havemeaning,

    Why is it important?

    Understandingthe concepts of print is necessary in order for a child to learn to read andwrite independently.

    What can we do at home?

    Childrenusually pickup this skill easily by watching what another reader does, soreading aloud and explaining what you are doing as you read is very helpful.

    Sitside-by-side, and start by looking at the cover of the book and talking aboutthe title, author, and illustrator. As you read the book, point to the words.This teaches where to start on a page and how to move to the next page. It alsoshows that you aren't just making up the story as you go along - you arereading the print! Soon enough, you might ask your child to point to the firstword on the page or the last word on the page. You might even ask your child tocount the number ofwords in a particular line.

    Finally, readthose favorites over and over! Children love to hear stories many times. It'slike when your child carries a worn out blanket to bed, puts on a comfortableold sweatshirt, or orders the same thing every time at a restaurant. He knowswhat he's getting, and he knows he will like it. He's also learning thatbecause of print, the story does not change. Soon enough, your child may haveeven memorized the book, and then he can point to the

    What is it?

    Concepts ofPrint refers to the way printed words and letters are used and the rules theyfollow. Children learn to turn the pages of a book a certain way. They learn toread from left to right and top to bottom. Children understand the differencebetween letters, words, and sentences, and they learn that printed words havemeaning,

    Why is it important?

    Understandingthe concepts of print is necessary in order for a child to learn to read andwrite independently.

    What can we do at home?

    Childrenusually pickup this skill easily by watching what another reader does, soreading aloud and explaining what you are doing as you read is very helpful.

    Sit side-by-side,and start by looking at the cover of the book and talking about the title,author, and illustrator. As you read the book, point to the words. This teacheswhere to start on a page and how to move to the next page. It also shows thatyou aren't just making up the story as you go along - you are  wordshimself and "read" to you!