Look! What does that say?

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Wherever you are, chances are you'll see print in the environment around you.

Noticing signs, words and labels

Challenge your child to help you find words when you are out and about. Look for street signs, road signs, billboards, shop signage, words on machinery, equipment and clothing labels. Noticing words in the world around them helps your child learn about the different ways writing is used to share messages.

Talk with your child about any images, icons or shapes you see and then share the words that accompany them. Explain the meaning of the sign and its purpose.

Talking about print like this deepens your child’s understanding of words and makes real-life links for them.

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