Add a local street directory or road map to your child’s home corner play, bookshelf or reading nook. Most children are fascinated by the symbols and markings a street directory contains. I once had a child solemnly tell me that the red cross which marks a hospital in our local street directory was “where Jesus died.”
Learning that symbols can be used to represent places, people, things and ideas is an essential part of early literacy learning.
Adding a street directory as a prop for dramatic role play encourages a child to imitate using this real life tool in their play, reinforcing the importance of literacy to everyday living.
What is Childhood 101’s Literacy Spot? It is a weekly reminder of the importance of young children learning playfully as each week I share one idea for playing with literacy, taken from my many years working as an early childhood teacher.
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