Using Environmental Print to Teach a Second LanguageEnvironmental 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.
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?