Concepts Of Print (COP) or Concepts About Print (CAP) can be defined is a set of understandings about how print works. A child acquires CAP before they are able to read. Children who have CAP know which way to hold a book, know text has meaning, know words are made of letters, that text is read from left to right, and that there is punctuation at the end of sentences.
Students who grow up in print rich environments and are read-aloud to will usually pick these skills up naturally. Below is a short video that is directed to parents explaining CAP.
This video is done by a teacher assessing if a child has CAP. You can teach these to your child each time you read a book to them. Ask them different questions each time. "Where is the title? Where is the first page? Where do you start?" The video will show you more.
If you want to check if your younger student has CAP here is a checklist assessment that will help you determine that. You ask your student some basic questions and check them off on your paper.
Here are some apps that are helpful for building CAP.
The following are based on the Bob Books. Bob Books Reading Magic Lite which is free at Google, Amazon, and iTunes. Bob Books Reading Magic #1 Reading Magic is 2.99 to 3.99 at Google, Amazon, and iTunes.
Disney Story-time at iTunes.
The popular online program Starfall has a free app at Google, Amazon, and iTunes.
Let me know what you think, and any reading questions that you have!