Some of you might be wondering not only why I did this activity, but also why I was so glad to hear their responses. The reason is that by explaining what these things are I can see that the students are forming connections and gaining recognition with these symbols. These two tools are an instrumental part of literacy. I want them to form connections and recognize what they need. Seeing symbols or environmental print like these prepare them for using these tools with literature.
In four days we will have an Environmental Print Day where we set up stations that will be used for recognition and explanation. What I would like the parents to do (I will be sending reminders home as well) is to:
- have you and your child practice pointing out these symbols throughout the day (I sent home a sheet with a description and examples of environmental print)
- bring in two examples of environmental print (one food related only) and
- have the child pick out his or her favorite environmental print design.
As always please feel free to contact me whenever you want.