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Ready to Read: Playing Resources

How does playing help children learn to read?

  • Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about how the world works and learn language.

  • Play helps children practice putting their thoughts into words.

  • Play helps children think symbolically — that this item stands for this thing ("This box is a rocket ship!"), which helps them understand that words can stand for real objects or experiences.

  • Play is how children practice becoming adults and process what they see and hear everyday.

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