Develop Better Readers

Concepts of Print

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Have you ever wondered what you should do to help a child learn to read? It really starts with just reading....but there are simple, easy, important things to do as you read. It's called concepts of print which are essential to reading and writing.

What are Concepts About Print?

Concepts of print refers to the basic understandings that children need in order to navigate text. 
Some of these include:

  • left to right tracking of words
  • top and bottom of the page
  • front and back of the book
  • front cover
  • page numbers
  • punctuation marks
  • spaces between words

What can you do to help develop concepts about print?

Practice Print Concepts

Talking about words, letters, and stories develops print concepts that makes reading fun and engaging. Model concepts of print and  practice manipulating text. Constantly model print when doing tasks throughout the day and provide varied, fun ways to practice reading. Click here to see fun ways to begin reading before words are known.
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Read to develop print concepts

Constant exposure to different kinds or genres of text and understanding concepts of print will help develop the skills needed to be a successful reader. So be sure to read each day. Yes, it's ok to read and reread the same book!

Look for Patterns in Print

For example, repetitive sentence patterns (I see the . . . ), sentence location on each page, a common character located on each page somewhere (Mercer Mayer has a cricket, grasshopper, mouse, or spider on each page. In Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown has the mouse all around the room...and check out the clock.)

Sentence Construction

Print a brief, familiar rhyme or poem on individual word cards (Simple Alphabet Poems). Construct and reconstruct the text by line.

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Write a Grocery List to develop Concepts of Print

Ask: “Should we put our first word at the top or the bottom?”
“Will the first letter go on the right or the left?”
“Should the K in Kix be upper case or lower case?”

Sight Word Work Sentence Building

Add cards with names and names of family members, periods, exclamation marks and question marks and action words to a bag with sight words. Put together the cards, leaving spaces between each card, to create simple sentences (“Mary can jump.” vs. “Can Paul sing?” vs. “I can run!”)

I hope you’ve found this information about concepts of print helpful. If you have any additional tips that might help a teacher, please share below in comments!
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