Bilingual Babies - Environmental Print

Using Environmental Print to Teach a Second Language

Environmental print is the words children see all around them.  It is the signs and symbols that surround them and become familiar to young readers.  Children become so familiar with these words that their confidence as a reader grows.  Has your young tot spotted a giant golden arch and requested a Happy Meal?  If so, they are beginning reading!

A print-rich classroom has beneficial words all around. (This picture is a word wall from my friends classroom) Children have an opportunity to interact with these words, their environmental print, on a daily basis.  Research supports the benefits of having a print-rich environment for emergent readers and most classrooms display a vast amount of rotating print on their walls.

As a parent struggling to make learning a second language fun and easy, creating a print-rich environment has been helpful.  So what does that look like in my house?  Well, I snapped these pictures this morning to give you an idea of what it looks like in my house.
Here is a little poem that I have on my fridge.  The kids and I say it together at least once a day!
The alphabet is posted on the edge of my cupboards.  I will often ask one of the littles to point to a letter or tell me a word that begins with the ___ sound as I am preparing meals.
This is my completely disorganized book shelf this morning.... lots of Russian books have snuck their way in. (Repka is my favorite)
This is an invite my hubbie helped write for my daughter's dance performance in her bedroom on our white board.
And here is a flip chart with songs that I have in our learning area.  This morning we were working with the alphabet, so it was turned to this page =)
If you are teaching your child another language - have you displayed environmental print in your home?  If so, I'd love to hear about it.  If you haven't tried it yet, will you?


Raising a Happy Child said...

Impressive - some of your books brought up so many memories :) I remember Ladushki from my own childhood, but the text is slightly different.

Kristy said...

This is awesome! I have been gradually working on and thinking about ways to make a second language a part of our environment, and these have given me more ideas. (I'm following your link from the MomLoop 31DBBB!)

Lovingmama said...

Thanks for the kids words Natalie! We are very blessed to have in-laws that want to help us teach our children Russian and have gifted us with some very great literature! Kristy - I am happy to hear some of my suggestions have helped. Stay tuned as there will be more posts about environmental print coming in the future!!

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