Ready to Read: Playing

Play helps children express themselves and put thoughts into words, which helps them understand written words later on.
  • Give your children plenty of play time. Encourage them to use their imaginations by giving them props or “costumes” you find around the house.
  • Encourage dramatic play. When children make up stories using puppets or stuffed animals it helps them understand that books have a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Have your children act out a story based on the pictures in a book.
  • Ask your children to pretend to read you a book you’ve read together many times.

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