- Teach Through Books and Conversation
- Create Opportunities to Build on Reading
- Integrate Reading and Writing Throughout the Day
- Try It
- Wrap Up
- active reading: strategies readers need to help them understand the text and remain engaged
- environmental print: print found in the everyday world, such as store and traffic signs, logos, menus, calendars, price tags, and so on
- print awareness: the understanding that print is organized in a particular way (e.g., it is made up of letters, words, and spaces between words; it is read from left to right, and top to bottom; it carries a message)
Now you're ready to implement the best practices you’ve learned with the children in your program. Complete the second half of the Self-Assessment to discover how much your skills may have improved.
Congratulations! Whether your progress was subtle or dramatic, you've undoubtedly increased your understanding and strengthened your skills. But this is just the beginning—there are many ways to improve and support your children’s learning experience. Look for more informative self-paced tutorials in the Professional Development section of this website.
For a summary of best practices, download the Best Practices (PDF). To see the standards this module correlates to, download the Standards (PDF).