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How is your environment print rich?

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Just picking up on a comment made by my early years consultant at a recent visit and thinking about how to implement it. How do you ensure that your environment is print rich? But so that the children actually gain something from it and it's not just up for the sake of Ofsted. Would love to hear what you do and how you do it.

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Are you talking about displays and labels? I would guess that labels need to be at children's eye height so that they can see it and a mix of pictures and words. We have some fabulous pictures of different types of families and we have them all over the place but I have noticed the children going to them and touching them and on occasions talking to them. so if you had words they may pretend to read them.

We have books not only in the book corner but also a book about tractors with the farm animals together with farmyard tales books. Out lego box has a bob the builder book in it. My hubby works in construction and gets professional magazines so I put those in too. Well he never reads them!

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What about comics and using different fonts so that children can see all the different styles of letters. Most of our small worlds have books in the box- both factual and stories.

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we have books everywhere too - fiction and no-fiction books on farm/farm animals in farm box etc., - we also have simple recipe books, takeaway menus, small phone directory etc., in home corner.

Outside we have simple pictures with words of things to look for - tree, leaves, etc.,

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I always collect (more than my fair share ::1a ) of those advertising leaflets/maps that major attractions put in motorway service stations etc.

They seem to promote lots of conversations and interest especially the children's adventure parks, LEGOLAND/Peppa Pig etc, and the children love to use the maps in their play..

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I always collect (more than my fair share ::1a ) of those advertising leaflets/maps that major attractions put in motorway service stations etc.

They seem to promote lots of conversations and interest especially the children's adventure parks, LEGOLAND/Peppa Pig etc, and the children love to use the maps in their play..

Yes we have those too, they are great conversation starters and as you say are used as part of their play

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I like the idea of the leaflets, will get some of those. Thank you for the idea.

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Although a packaway, we do have a corner of the hall where we have a permanent home corner area. We can display a calendar for the children's use and we have a small photo display of the children much like you might have at home, we keep the type of things you might have at home in there the odd magazine, comics etc, takeaway menus, fridge magnets. We have to keep it manageable and "tidy" so there isn't tons of stuff.

 

I also collect small boxes/packaging, and to protect them for a little bit longer, stuff them with shredded paper and then tape them up, for their shop or kitchen.

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Last year we did an alphabet display using company logos - they all knew McDonalds LOL. It did help some children with initial sounds though, as they knew what the shop was and we could then use it to remind them during other activities.

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