Today I’m sharing another free printable that works wonderfully for teaching concepts of print. It’s all about toys!
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How to prepare the activity
- Print the cards in the download at the end of this post.
- Laminate (if desired) and cut apart the cards. We love this home laminator because it gives a nice thick seal, and the cards don’t peel on the edges.
- Punch a hole in the corner of each card and bind them together with a metal ring.
Introducing the pack
I began my showing my Three the words that would be in the cards. He knew “I” and “a” right away. He was able to find the other two words when I asked him to find them. He used the beginning sound as a clue.
“Can you find have?”
“Hhhhave. This one.”
“Reading” the cards
The first card of each set (you’ll find ten different toys in the packet) just asks your child to name the picture. Confidence building is important! The dot helps your child see that the single word of print equals one word that he speaks from his mouth. That’s why this is sometimes called voice to print matching.
My Three had no trouble with the first card in the set.
I like to make the second card very easy, too. Since my Three knows the letter “a,” he could easily read the second card in each set.
Here is the third card.
My Three has made so much progress with concepts of print that he doesn’t need to point to each word for every card. However, he did do that for the final card of the set. It was easy to get sidetracked with so many words in the sentence.
This one tripped him up a little bit. He wanted to say “a new teddy bear,” since there were three words. But when he got to “teddy,” he stopped. He recognized that it couldn’t say “new” because it started with a “t.”
Is this really reading?
No. Not when kids can’t read the words in isolation.
It’s really, really important that we give beginning readers focused phonics practice while teaching them to sound out CVC words and more.
But that isn’t my purpose with these concepts of print cards. It’s simply to help kids match their voice to print.
After your learners “get” this skill, it’s time to move on to decodable text.
Here are the pre-reading skills my son was learning:
- Each word I say is a word on the page.
- I read from left to right.
- I can track the words by pointing to them.
Get your free voice to print pack!
BUILD CONCEPTS OF PRINT WITH THIS POPULAR PACK
Nursery Rhyme Concepts of Print Pack – Set 1
Since children love nursery rhymes, these classic poems are the perfect text for teaching concepts of print. This file contains 280 pages of printable activities featuring ten different nursery rhymes. The file includes instructions for how to teach concept of word, voice to print matching, and more.