Print-Rich Environment – My Best Teaching Resource

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The few years that I have spent in the world of education – initially as a Teach for India Fellow and later as an Early Learning & Education Expert, one thing if I have realized that works great with young kids is a Print-Rich learning environment. Even before a kid starts to speak or read, he starts to recognize objects he sees around either in pictures or physically.

 

A print-rich learning environment doesn’t necessarily mean only pictures. Flash cards, Handmade books, Posters & charts, word wall & word cards, Labelled objects, story charts, maps etc all contribute in making a print-rich learning environment for young kids. These bright, colorful & versatile learning tool ensure that kids have a better & faster language development.

 

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Word Wall

 

Print-Rich Classroom

 

As a teacher, everything my students learned in classroom, I ensured that there was constant reminder of it around us in the form of posters, prints, charts etc. This made sure that the lower order kids who were not able to remember the objectives we covered at one go had a help or reference to refer to & to be able to master the objectives we have covered. This also applied to the class values we followed.

 

Classroom Values

 

The value wall was a constant reminder for students on how their conduct needs to be when in the classroom. For eg. If a student is stuck at a problem & doesn’t know how to reach at the solution, his friends would remind him that our class values encourage us to Ask Ask Ask!

 

Well, nothing has changed much now that I am a mother. I now have a Value Wall at my home for my kids too. Although they can not read, but every time I need to reinforce a value, I point towards the wall & remind them that they are expected to be respectful or say Thank You & Please when required etc. So now they also understand that the writing on the wall means a code of values we need to follow.

 

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House Values

 

The biggest resource that we have discovered in the journey of parenting are the Flash Cards. I introduced flash cards as a learning resource at an age as young as 18 months. Since then we have come a long way in last 14 odd months. we have learned to identify objects, animals, birds, insects and a lot more that we might not see in our day to day life. We have learned a lot of concepts of language as well as Mathematics using charts & flash cards. I am and always will be grateful to print-rich concepts  that hepled me keeping my daughters informed about a lot more than they have a physical access to.

 

Prints & print-rich environment is a resource that came along my life as a blessing – for the teacher in me as well for the mother in me. So, what is the resource that you use & value the most in your life?

 

Suggested Reading – Whether it be as a teacher or as a mother, I always emphasis on the value of Structured Learning through play & fun activities. Read my blog about Structured Play HERE (Click for direct link)

 

P.S. – This blog is written as a part of The Write Tribe Festival of Words #6 organised by The Write Tribe.

 

19 Responses

  1. Your post brought back some wonderful memories of mine as a professor. So true visual aids have greater impact on their learning. I have used some of them during my career – Gallery Walk, Mind Maps, Infographics to name some. Great post stating about very much needed resource.

  2. Children appreciate learning all the more when it is more visual and interactive.
    Do you still teach?

  3. I love the idea of Value wall…will implement this in my new house .. 🙂

  4. Rakhi Parsai

    Constant reminder of values is such a great idea.. Lovely write up. I would like to implement this in our house too.

  5. Print Rich…amazed with the concept. Very well articulated. My favourite pick would be Family Value wall!
    – Anagha From Team MocktailMommies
    https://mocktailmommies.com

  6. Flash cards seem to be a great resource

  7. TFI was a place I wanted to work. I even gave the interviews once till the last stage, but couldn’t get through.
    Loved the wall value concept.

  8. I love the idea of a value wall. And yes flashcards have been working really well for us too. We just started with animals at 17 months and he has already picked up so much.

  9. alpanadeo

    My daughter’s classroom has the word wall since she started kindergarten. It’s an effective way of reminding kids. I like the idea of having word wall at home also. I will do that.

  10. I loved the idea with words on the wall. Regular reinforcement of ideas help in implantation of those in our lives forever!

  11. I still remember we used to get so excited seeing those charts and prints in a new classroom when we go back to school really nostalgic

  12. Yoour word wall looks so colourful. My daughter’s school has colourfull charts and the word wall they call it as Activity wall. I love these concepts. This learning method is very helpful for kids in long run. Lovely post.

  13. karuna chauhan

    Print rich is very important medium for children to learn. Loved the family value wall. Such a good resource of information. Thanks Shalu

  14. These visiual props are best and wonderful way of teaching and learning process. Children can learn easily through these aids. In schools these aids have so much importance. Thanks for sharing this infomative post.

  15. That’s a wonderful post, Shalu. Being a teacher I fully agree that print rich environment makes a lot of difference in learning. Glad to know about the value wall at your home. That’s very innovative.

  16. I’ve been a teacher in the past and love this wall idea! super super!

  17. momtasticworld

    Print rich is the concept which is best for kids. Back in school days I dint know the term but few of my teachers made lot of topics easy using this technique. Oh Flash card! They are the best, my kiddo loves it.

  18. I really liked the wall idea and I will have one when I move from Perth to Brisbane.

  19. Your post took me back to the days when I was a teacher. My classroom walls were always full of charts and posters of various teaching concepts. They are indeed a wonderful resource.

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