Read, Play, and Learn!® is an innovative, play-based curriculum for children 3–6 years of age (1-6 years developmental age). It can be implemented in any child care, preschool, early education, Head Start, or kindergarten program that emphasizes a developmental approach to learning.

How It Works

At the heart of the curriculum are its two collections of storybook modules (16 modules total). Each module contains 2–3 weeks worth of flexible, sequenced activities that were developed around popular, high-quality storybooks such as "The Kissing Hand," "The Snowy Day," and "The Knight and the Dragon." The modules creatively build from the concepts, ideas, actions, and events of the stories in order to make learning more relevant for children.

Each day begins with the reading of the story followed by a range of activities for the many centers of a preschool or kindergarten class or a child care program. The retelling and rereading of the storybooks each day enhance emergent literacy skills, whereas the many activities across classroom centers help promote children's growth across the core domains of development: cognitive, communication and language, social-emotional, and sensorimotor.

Individualized Instruction

At the core of the Read, Play, and Learn!® is the importance of individualized instruction. The design of this curriculum not only gives you a fun way to teach children between the chronological ages of 3 and 6 years, but it also shows you how to incorporate therapeutic interventions for children with special needs or children functioning at a younger age, even those as developmentally young as 1 or 2 years. Each activity is accompanied by modifications for children at various levels of development to ensure that the curriculum meets the individual needs of all children. (See Special Needs and Levels of Learning for details.)

Transdisciplinary Focus

As classrooms become larger or more children with special needs are included in general education classrooms, teacher assistants and other professionals come to play a vital role in the implementation of the curricula. Administrators, too, now play a greater role in supporting classroom environments and explaining the curriculum to parents and the community. Read, Play, and Learn!® is ideally meant to be used in the classroom by a group of professionals in many disciplines, including therapists, related services personnel, and parents.


Read profiles of classrooms that use Read, Play, and Learn!® for a better idea of how the curriculum might work for your program!


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