Observe the child as the adult reads to the child.
When the adult is reading, he points to the print as he reads. On a page with pictures and labels underneath, (e.g., a picture of an apple with the word apple underneath) ask the child to show you where it says, “Apple.”
The child demonstrates awareness that print tells the adult what to read. The child may point to the print for the adult to read.
Early childhood educators and parents can help children learn that print represents words that are said. Encourage adults to follow the print with their fingers as they read. This helps children connect the process of reading with the print on the page.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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