Logographic Print...

What is that?  It is just a fancy word for environmental print.  Some of the first reading that children do is from the world around them.  I remember the first time Zack realized what was around him.  He saw a sign for Hardee's and said "Eat some!"  He was only 18 months old, but he knew that the sign meant it was a place to eat.  Wow!  Children are such sponges.

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.

Here it is for you for free!!!
I have not had a chance to test it out, but I was inspired by a game I saw on clearance in Target for adults.  There is so much we could do with this, and these games are just the beginning.

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Until next time!


  1. I always did environmental print the first week of kindergarten. I love your big word! :) Everyone would bring in one thing and we would make a collage on butcher paper and I would put it up on my closet door for the first nine weeks. Have you ever used the "logograhpic" song... don't know the name, "McDonalds,McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Pizza Hut..." You get the idea. Super cute song!

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  3. That song is so much fun! I will have to get the kindergarteners to bring in stuff at the beginning of the year! What fun!!


  4. I have my kiddos bring in stuff too and we put it into a class book. They all feel so wonderful that they can read a book.

  5. Your games are wonderful. I have given you an award on my blog. Please stop by and pick it up.


    A Rainbow of Teaching


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