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A hand pointing to the word sun

Tracks words

When a child demonstrates print awareness, she understands that print is read from left to right and top to bottom, and that oral language is related to written language. Tracking (pointing to each word as it is pronounced or read) from left to right is not a natural process, but is rather a skill that needs practice. Tracking each word with a finger can be a helpful tip when reading with young children.

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Justice, L. M., & Piasta, S. B. (2011). Developing children’s print knowledge through adult-child storybook reading interactions: Print referencing as an instructional practice. In S. B. Neuman & D. K. Dickinson (Eds.), Handbook of early literacy research (pp. 200–213). New York, NY: Guilford Press.