In the final week of summer, Travis undertook a multi-part assignment to search for the print all around us: on food labels, on street signs, on toys, etc. Such words, known as “environmental print” can be great first sight words for pre-readers, and can encourage kids to learn!
So after concentrating on a letter a day for a little while, the idea now was for Travis to spot and notice full words.
Travis made a collection over a few days, pulling labels from food boxes at home and noticing signs around town.
Great early sight words include STOP on a red hexagon, the “One Way” of a black and white arrows, or stores your child knows by name.
Next up, I asked Travis to sort the print we had found. We had two main categories: street signs and food labels. Feel free to add multiple categories though, depending what your child has seen!
A further great exercise was adding them to the pages of his Alphabet Dictionary.
This was great both for recognizing the opening letter of each word and for sounding it out. He rightly noted that Fig Newmans could have gone on the “F” page or the “N” page!
Finally,you can make a few “puzzles” by cutting some of the larger labels into pieces.
If you are able to make copies of photos or have double of certain food labels, you could even turn it into a game of Memory.
How else could your child play with “environmental print? Please share in the comments!