Today we have our first guest post on TeachingRocks.ca!
The following post is written by Reena Kumar, a phenomenal teacher who specializes in primary education and has spent the last few years teaching grade 1 and a grade 1/2 split! She brings her expertise in primary education with this post on “Concepts About Print”, which includes a sample “Morning Message” routine! Thanks so much, Reena!
Concepts about print
- Concepts about print are the conventions used in reading and written language, they are conventions ‘about’ the written language, not the language itself.
- Concepts of print (for English) include such things as :
- Knowing that letters make words and words make sentences.
- Spatial and visual items such as spaces between letters symbolize separate words.
- Directional knowledge such as how to hold a book, which way to turn the pages, moving from left to right, sweeping down and back to the next line.
- Understanding beginning/middle/ first/last kinds of words and how they relate to reading.
For Junior/Senior Kindergarten (Children ages 3-5)
Routine daily activity: Morning message
- The morning message is a routine activity built into the daily schedule that gives children an opportunity to practice various concepts of print (as well as communicating a special message to the children). Since this activity would be done daily, it would allow for a gradual shift from teacher modeling towards student practice.
- The teacher should start off by writing simple daily messages that follow a predictable pattern. This predictability will also strengthen sight word acquisition and the understanding that print carries a message.
- The teacher should use a pointer/magic wand to clearly point to each word as it is being read, and encourage the children to read along.
- Before reading the teacher should ask and model where to start reading, which way to move, how to move to the next line etc. Introducing and practicing directional words on a daily basis.
- After the message has been read the students can be asked to do various activities with the message that reinforce the teaching point of the day.
- For example :
- Who can put a green dot in the place where we start reading from ? Circle a word, circle a letter, circle the letter ‘b’ etc..
- The questions can gradually increase in complexity as the students master certain concepts of print.
- For example :