We can use lots of everyday objects and things in our environment to help our children learn to read. For example, when we are at the shops or the bank or wherever, you could do the following: Mum says, ‘We have to push to open the door. Look! The sign says PUSH.’ In this way, you are focusing your child’s attention on to the word ‘PUSH’. This will help them as they begin to recognise symbols that are meaningful to them such as letters, the words for signs in their street or at the shops. Later, they will learn to recognise the word ‘PUSH’ in lots of different places and this is very important for literacy learning.