What is Read, Play, and Learn!®?

Read, Play, and Learn!® is a play-based, storybook-oriented curriculum for children ages 3-6. Using storybooks as a framework to provide highly stimulating leaning experiences, Read, Play, and Learn!® allows teachers to incorporate skills training across all developmental domains while encouraging children to select what is motivating to them and have fun learning.

The curriculum consists of a Teacher’s Guide and a series of instructional modules, which creatively build from the concepts, ideas, actions, and events of popular storybooks in order to make learning more relevant for children. Through the inclusion of specialists in the planning process, the design of the curriculum shows teachers how to incorporate therapeutic interventions for children functioning at a younger age. With Read, Play, and Learn!®, teachers can provide a theme-based approach to encouraging and supporting each child’s growth and development in the class.

What are the goals of Read, Play, and Learn!®?

  1. To enable all children to actively participate through play in classroom activities that are relevant, challenging, and designed to promote independent learning and facilitate developmental progress.

  2. To provide a literature-based framework for learning for all children that encompasses cognitive, social-emotional, communication and language, and sensorimotor development.

  3. To encourage learning across the above domains in a literacy-rich environment that expands children’s competence and methods of expression and broadens their desire to learn to read, write, and communicate through numerous modalities, including print

Who can use Read, Play, and Learn!®?

  • Child care providers, Head Start instructors, preschool and kindergarten teachers, early childhood professionals, and reading specialists in consultation with related-services professionals

  • Speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, mobility specialists, and other related-services personnel

  • Teacher Assistants

  • Administrators

Is Read, Play, and Learn!® adaptable for all children?

Read, Play, and Learn!® has been reviewed and developed with input from speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, ensuring that the curriculum is inclusive and adaptable for children with mild to severe disabilities. Each of the activity areas in the modules can be adapted to meet the needs of children with varying ability levels, and the activities provide a wealth of opportunity for skill acquisition across domains.

What are Read, Play, and Learn!'s® 3 levels of learning?

  • Sensorimotor: At this first level of development, children primarily are concerned with object exploration, creating concrete meanings through physical manipulation of the environment around them. This stage is also called the exploratory level. Typically, children at the sensorimotor level are 18 months of age or younger.

  • Functional: At this second level, children explore simple combinations and functional uses of objects. They listen, watch, imitate, relate, and begin to sequence ideas and actions. This level coincides roughly with ages 18 months to 3 years.

  • Symbolic: At this third level, children gain the ability to represent their world through diverse symbolic means. They are interested in fantasy play, storytelling, music, dance, drawing, and print. Children at the symbolic level are typically 3 years of age or older.

What are Read, Play, and Learn!'s® 4 developmental domains?

  • Cognitive: This domain includes skills such as sequential thinking, classification, one-to-one correspondence, representation through drawing and writing, and problem solving.

  • Communication and language: These skills include a child’s ability to express him- or herself (expressive communication) and understand what is communicated (receptive communication), and the pragmatic ability to engage in communicative interactions. Important areas development within this domain include articulation and phonemic awareness, drawing and writing, and reading.

  • Social-emotional: Development in this domain tracks a child’s social interactions and emotional well-being.

  • Sensorimotor: This domain encompasses sensory (e.g., visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory) development as well as both fine (small muscle) and gross (large muscle) motor skill acquisition.


How can families get involved in Read, Play, and Learn!®?

Read, Play, and Learn!® encourages family involvement. The curriculum’s emphases on repeated reading and developmental play based on the stories’ themes and ideas, allow easy carryover to home activities. The Teacher’s Guide stresses the importance of maintaining an ongoing dialogue between teachers and families, and offers guidelines for developing a family involvement component and conducting workshops for families on the importance of literacy.


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