Did you know that Level A and Level B books were created especially to teach children to track print? It’s true! These two beginning levels have a specific purpose. To train a child’s eyes to track print on the page using their finger as a guide. In this way they experience important concepts of print: that print moves from left to right, how to hold a book and turn the pages, and how to identify individual letters and words. After a child has learned to track print, it is important for them to move immediately to Level C, to start learning word attack and decoding skills.
There are many fun ways to teach children to track print. I’ve just found a new one, thanks to Etsy seller, The Meticulous Whim. She makes adorable finger capes that I use to help the students practice tracking with their super hero helper, their finger!