Print Awareness: Includes noticing print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book and knowing how to follow the written word on the page.Why Is It Important?Children have to be aware of words before they can read them. Children need to know how a book works, which page is the beginning and end, what is right-side up and how the English language is read, left to right. When kids are comfortable with the mechanics of the physical package of a book, they can focus on the decoding process of reading. What Can You Do to Help Build This Skill?• Read board books that your child can handle on their own; let them turn the pages as you read together.• Sometimes point to the words as you read.• Talk about print, even when you are not reading together. Look for letters and words on signs and labels and lists.• Point to the words in a book as you read. The child needs to understand that you are reading the words and not the pictures. • Use rebus books, which use a picture in place of a word, so the kids can follow along while you read the words. This reinforces the direction text is read, demonstrates how text represents an object and engages them in the reading process. Books We Read:
Print Motivation: Includes being interested in and enjoying books.Why is it important?Kids who enjoy books and reading will be motivated to be read to as well as learn to read themselves. Motivation is key because learning to read is hard work!Kids that have negative associations with reading are less motivated to read. It is important we make sure our children start to read and listen to books and stories from Day One so they have a good time with reading.
The District Department of Transportation will begin a Sidewalk Repair project on L Street NW, between 17th and 25th streets NW on or about Monday, Sept. 24. The length of the project is approximately four weeks, weather permitting. All work will be conducted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.The work will involve upgrading of wheelchair ramps, repairs of concrete sidewalks and repairs of curbs and gutters within the project limits.
Maria A. Abbott, author, teacher, and former D.C. hotellier for the rich and famous will speak on her new book, Without Reservations: The Art of Looking the Other Way (PublishAmerica, 2011), on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor.