Dramatic Play Develops Language and Literacy
Why is play so important in the Preschool classroom? How can you encourage the same learning activities at home?
What You Need to Know
Children play in many different ways, both independently and with others. Dramatic play helps children to develop language and literacy.
- Classrooms often use centers to facilitate dramatic play.
- Centers should have print materials to promote literacy.
- Materials should be explained and modeled before children use the centers.
How You Can Help
You can use centers at home to help your child learn and practice language in different situations and with different people. You’ll be simulating real-life experiences so that your child can practice skills such as problem solving and decision making.
- Set up a restaurant center full of things your child can use to play. Be sure to include print materials, such as menus.
- Set up a bank center. Play money is easy to get at dollar stores and kids love it!
- Let your child play independently and with friends. You’ll probably be asked to play too. Throw on an apron and become a cook!
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