Concepts About Print: Teacher Guide: 2nd Edition Cover

Concepts About Print: Teacher Guide: 2nd Edition

What has a child learned about the way we print language?

The Concepts About Print observation task uncovers what individual children already know about how we put language into print, what things they are confused about and what they have yet to learn. The task presented in this attractive standalone text has proved to be a sound measuring instrument for learners during the first two years of school.

The four special booklets used for the Concepts About Print task are Follow Me, Moon; No Shoes; Sand; and Stones.

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Only the print version of this text should be used with children.

Ages: 5-7 | Pages: 48 | Code: GE0211 | ISBN: 9781927293089

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Marie Clay

For three decades Marie Clay has been acknowledged as a world leader in research on literacy learning, child development and the prevention of learning disorders.

Her early academic work as a child psychologist involved the observation and study of children as they acquire literacy. An outcome of this research was the development of reliable tools for assessing progress with literacy learning and these instruments have been published and are widely used around the world today.

Marie's decision to focus on struggling learners and the resulting development of the Reading Recovery early intervention changed how the education community worldwide viewed these children's chances of becoming literate.

There are many other publications by Marie Clay in the areas of writing, oral language and classroom learning.


1. Observing what children have learned about the way we print language4
Concepts about print are learned gradually5
Revealing what children know6
How much do children need to know about print?7
Observing progress9
2. Using Concepts About Print observation task10
Recording and scoring13
Administration instruction for Follow Me,; No Shoes; Sand; and Stones14
Interpreting Concepts About Print scores17
3. When is it important to administer the tasks to literacy learners?20
Children who become confused22
Concepts About Print task at school entry23
4. Background information on the Concepts About Print task26
What does the Concepts About Print task assess?26
Where did this assessment come from?28
What do we know from research studies?28
Recording and scoring standards sheets39
Concepts About Score Sheet41
Quick Reference for Scoring Standards43