What better month than this to focus our Learning Through Play Series on the library and reading part of our day. There is a reading center in every classroom at the co-op and often another reading area may be set up outside as well. During Nevada Reading Week, we arrange a large area in our “Big Yard” with books, pillows, and an inviting space for children to choose to relax and read or join an adult who is already reading. This is definitely a type of play for these children as you can see many may gather around a working parent or teacher asking them to read a book multiple times or asking to read multiple books in the first hour of the day during free play.
What else are children learning along with comprehension of a story? Through exploring self-selected books and re-creating stories with flannel boards or puppet theaters, children learn:
- To express ideas with words.
- To take on the role of someone else which fosters empathy development.
- To communicate with voice tones as well as words.
- To retell familiar stories.
- To sequence events.
- To use imagination to create their own stories.
- To gain factual information from books.
- That letters have meaning.
- To experience quiet moments.
Here are our Co-op students enjoying books in a variety of ways:
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