Print Awareness

Children who have an awareness of print understand that the squiggly lines on a page represent spoken language and that print is organized in a particular way — for example, knowing that print is read from left to right and top to bottom. It is knowing that words consist of letters and that spaces appear between words. Print awareness is a child's earliest introduction to literacy.

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Our PBS Television Series:
Launching Young Readers

Find out what it takes to give our preschoolers the early literacy skills they need to become successful readers.

Find out about the early building blocks of learning to read and the importance of reading aloud.

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