Monday, November 28, 2011

Getting the Most from the Puppet Theatre

One of the first things kids notice when they enter the play area is the puppet theatre. Castle, really. It serves as a cozy place to read and an adventurous place to play.

But did you know that it also helps your child develop his or her early literacy skills?

Understanding how a story works is an essential part of getting ready to read. Pre-readers need to know that a story has a beginning, a middle, and an end, and that things need to happen in order This ability is known as Narrative Skills and kids need to learn it before they can learn that sentences need to go in order, words need to go in order, and letters need to go in order to make sense.

The best ways for children to develop this skill are through hearing stories and telling stories. Our puppet theatre is a perfect tool to encourage your child to tell stories.

So what can you do to help your child learn even more? Ask your child to tell you a story with the puppets. Encourage him or her to add more details. Sequencing within the story matters - what happens first, second, and last? Ask lots of questions.

Your involvement will increase your child's enjoyment and learning!

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