Lewis Honors College Capstone Collection

Year of Publication





Early Childhood Ed

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education

First Capstone/Thesis Advisor

Dr. Mary Shake


The purpose of this research is to further our understanding of the role played by environmental print in the literacy development of emergent readers. Environmental print is defined as any print that can be seen in public such as logos, signs, products names and billboards. One of the main things we already know about environmental print is that it helps young children understand that the words in print mean something, or that some message is communicated through them. This connection is crucial to developing early literacy skills. This research identifies young readers’ abilities to recognize these words out of context and discusses teaching strategies that help to utilize environmental print effectively in the classroom. Environmental print can be the first stepping stone to help emerging readers on their path to literacy.