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Jerome Bruner. Given a setting and a language that makes sense to them in human terms, very young children can perform tasks often thought to be beyond them. The preschool child learns everything in a human situation. Only in school is he asked to acquire skills—reading, writing, arithmetic—isolated from a real-life context. This transition is difficult. The author suggests a range of strategies that parents and schools can adopt to help children. She argues that reading is even more important than we have thought it to be, since learning to read ca actually speed children through the crucial transition.

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You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Talk to them about the reading, the new words and the old words used differently. Talk to them about the story, the knowledge, the characters and the plot.

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Let them see you sit and read for the quiet solitude that it offers, the entry into another world that a story provides. We actively encourage our children to run, jump, play and move to stay fit, healthy and strong. Reading is fitness for the mind.

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In mature play, roles have social relationships and children may play more than one role at a time. P — Props. A prop can be any real, symbolic, or imaginary object used during play. In the most complex form of play, props are imaginary and are not needed for children to stay in their roles.

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E — Extended time frame. This is the duration of the play and its continuation across time, either within one play session, one day, or as indicated in mature play, across several play sessions and days. At this level, play can even be suspended and restarted. L- Language.

Language refers to the words and vocabulary children use to develop a role, scenario, or actions in play. As children mature in their play ability, book language is a part of the role speech.

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S — Scenario. The scenario includes the scene and sequence of interactive events that children act out. In mature play, children navigate the unfolding play story in response to previous play or the wishes of the players. Next, we looked to shared experiences and project investigations as a vehicle for providing children with context and information to extend pretend play opportunities.

A shared experience can be anything from commonality of everyday life experiences to book reading, time spent together in school, field trips, community events, or project work. We view project work as an intentional shared experience that can provide children with common experiences and understandings that can enrich sociodramatic play.

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As preschool children engage in an investigation around a meaningful topic, they gain knowledge to expand their pretend play. Moreover, project work supports pretend play that develops over time.

Much like a play scene in pretend play, project work is open ended and emerges through ongoing interactions between children, adults, materials, and ideas. Sociodramatic play is the activity through which young minds grow. Pretend play causes development, and mediates learning within children. Sociodramatic play is just too important in the learning lives of young children to be left to happenstance.

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