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Children gain early literacy skills by interacting with the world around them. Creating an environment rich in print helps children understand that print carries meaning. There are many ways teachers strive to support this early learning. One way is to place words on objects around us. Another is to place words next to pictures of items as a visual reminder about the word and to help children understand about print. It's a excellent way to build a child's vocabulary which in turn helps support their early attempts to read and write.
How to use these photo cards? Print them out and add them to your home corner to compliment children's pretend play. This allows children to see that reading and writing have everyday, real-life applications. They see that these symbols can be used to identify objects around us. You also don't want to overwhelm children and make their environment to busy or distracting which is why I wanted simple and clean images to display in class.
Use the cards at the shops or in your vegetable patch to match with the real thing! Display them in your kitchen at home. Use them to help write a shopping list. Print out two copies and use them for a memory game or put them in alphabetical order as a literacy centre.
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