When my kindergarteners come to me, many of them have not been to preschool nor have seen words at all. BUT, they have seen the world around them. How many kids know what the "golden arches" mean? They all know it means McDonald's, right?! When we go to Target, they know that the bullseye means Target. It is amazing how much children know!
Therefore, it is important that we build on our students' knowledge as we get them. By using logographic print (I love that word!), we can build up students' confidence. This helps them to feel comfortable with reading as they progress.
So, to start out my year with my kindergarteners and first graders, I have created two games to help with environmental print. One is called "Where Shall We Eat?" which focuses on restaurants. The other is "Shop 'Til You Drop" and focuses on places to shop. The games include the game boards and cards. For "Shop 'Til You Drop" you may want to print two copies of the cards or just reuse the cards.
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