Literacy Play: Over 400 Dramatic Play Activities that Teach Pre-Reading Skills

Literacy Play: Over 400 Dramatic Play Activities that Teach Pre-Reading Skills

by Amy Cox, Sherrie West
     
 
Children love to pretend, and dramatic play is the perfect environment for practicing and applying literacy concepts. Whether they decide to be firefighters, to open a pet store, or to have a tea party, children will increase their vocabulary, communicate with their friends, and learn to recognize environmental print - all important skills for pre-readers. Literacy

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Children love to pretend, and dramatic play is the perfect environment for practicing and applying literacy concepts. Whether they decide to be firefighters, to open a pet store, or to have a tea party, children will increase their vocabulary, communicate with their friends, and learn to recognize environmental print - all important skills for pre-readers. Literacy Play is chock-full of creative dramatic play activities that teach important pre-reading skills while bringing children's imaginations to life!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The authors of this resource guide for preschool teachers state in their introduction: "Literacy is a developmental process, it is understanding concepts and applying them to the world.... Dramatic play and literacy go hand in hand with activities that address the needs, skills, and interests of the children in your classroom." Hundreds of ideas on how to incorporate literacy in dramatic play follow this introduction. The authors have divided the book into eight chapters: occupations, home, nature, science, stores, transportation, performers, and literary. Within each chapter, there are anywhere from four to nine specific dramatic play themes to present in the classroom. Each theme is detailed so that the teacher can recognize the literacy applications and objectives within it. Furthermore, spotlight words, open-ended questions to present, materials, props lists, setup and book-making suggestions, extension activities, and literacy resources are indicated. An appendix at the end of the book contains many of the suggested materials within each theme. There is very little left to the imagination of the teacher. This can be a relief to those that have appreciated the dynamic learning opportunities in dramatic play centers but have been unsure how to present them. Others who have been incorporating dramatic play in their classroom will use this book to enhance their already established centers. There is a children's book index and a general index at the end of the book. 2004, Gryphon House, Ages adult.
—Andrea Sears Andrews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876592922
Publisher:
Gryphon House Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
455,153
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Amy Cox has been a supervising teacher in the Melba S. Lehner Children's School at Weber State University in Utah for the past nine years. Ms. Cox trains early childhood teachers and develops curriculum for the Weber State Unviersity lab school. Sherrie West has been working with young children and their teachers for the past twenty years. She is a mentor teacher for Head Start at the Ogden Area Community Action Agency. Ms. West trains early childhood teachers and develops curriculum for the Weber State University lab school.

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