Topic: Parents and
10-second review: Activities parents can do with their young children at home to support learning to read: print concepts.
Title: “Strategies for Engaging Parents in Home Support of Reading Acquisition.” Sharon Darling. Reading Teacher (February 2005), 476-479. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).
Activities for Parents and Children: Print Concepts.
Point out the title and author’s name to the child when reading together.
Talk about where reading begins on the page and show how the words flow left to right.
Play games to match lowercase and upper-case letters.
Talk about how types of texts have similarities and differences. (I’m assuming the author means bold face, italics, etc. RayS.)
Expose the child to many types of print.
Make a book with the child, using large print and illustrations.
Comment: Take several 8” x 11 ½” sheets of paper, fold them in half length-wise, staple on the crease and presto! You have a ready-to-write-in paperback book. Text at the bottom of the page and illustrations at the top, like picture books. Thanks to Barbara Stopper for the idea. RayS.