There is no question that play is important in the lives of children at home and at school. Unfortunately, the amount of play in early childhood classrooms continues to diminish. Teachers are under pressure to meet high academic expectations so they are spending more time on instruction and testing instead of play. Children enjoy play and it improves many different skills, like literacy. Children develop knowledge of literacy as they engage with print. Therefore, literacy can be developed through different types of play, including well-defined enriched literacy play settings and adult role models. The importance of utilizing play to promote emergent literacy is described. Techniques and that can promote early literacy in early childhood classroom are provided.
Elementary and Literacy Education Department
Scrabeck, T. (2020). The importance of utilizing play to promote emergent literacy in early childhood environments. Innovations and Critical Issues in Teaching and Learning 1(1), 55-73. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/icitl/vol1/iss1/3
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