EYLF Outcome 5: children are effective communicators
Outcome 5.2. children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts
Preschool Literacy Indicators: I engage with texts and make meaning
Print awareness is the understanding that print carries meaning and includes understanding that print is organised in a particular way, for example, knowing that print is read from left to right and top to bottom. It is knowing that words consist of letters and that spaces appear between words. The ability to understand how print works is aided through the active intervention of adults and other children who point out letters, words, and other features of the print that surrounds children. Having print awareness means children understand the various functions of the print that features in their lives. For example, a book contains a story or information, a menu provides food choices, a sign gives directions.
Take children on a print walk around your setting (maybe via a short video upload). Talk about the features and purposes of the print you can see.
The print in your home provides lots of opportunities for children to interact with letters, sounds, and words and the meanings they convey.
Cereal boxes are colourful and interesting to look at. Read the front of the box with your child. Notice what the words are saying, eg. “not too heavy, not too light”, what does that mean? Notice the different sizes of print, the space between words. Ask your child to find the first letter of his name somewhere on the box. See if he can find other letters from his name too. Cut out interesting looking letters and stick into a scrap book. A simple alphabet book can be created by all your cut out letters.
What other packaging and labels in your home could you use?