Play Time is Learning TimePublished by Shelley on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 4:16pm
We wrapped up our Fall Storytimes this week - there are still plenty of special storytimes coming throughout November and December, but tips will be on a hiatus until January.
So what did we talk about this week? One of the most important pre-literacy angles of all: playtime.
Mr. Andy quoted Dr. Michael K. Meyerhoff this week in storytime: “For infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, having fun and learning are one and the same…Never underestimate the power of play in promoting optimal educational development.”
Miss Jennifer said, "Supervised sand and water play is a wonderful way to engage with your child. Playing with natural materials helps build sensory awareness and is just plain old messy fun!"
Miss Genevieve sang "Ram Sam Sam" this week, which is full of silly words. That's OK! You don't need to use real words when you're singing or rhyming, your kids will still benefit from hearing patterns. Plus, it's lots of fun.
Miss Shelley suggests pulling out dress up toys, tea sets, train tables, etc on a regular basis and playacting with the kids. Imaginative play helps kids naturally expand their narrative skills.
Miss Heather suggested, "Turn book time into playtime by acting out scenes from the book, building with books (yes, you can stack them like blocks), sorting books by color/theme, dressing up like the characters, adding sound effects from household objects, making up silly songs with any rhyming text, reading aloud to a stuffed animal "crowd", and just making reading time more interactive and fun!"
Mr. Ben pointed out, "Interactive playtime helps build early literacy skills by encouraging kids to act out stories. Try choosing books with lots of silly action, and act out the parts with your youngster!"