Implementing Read, Play, and Learn!® is actually fairly simple. While planning time with fellow team members is certainly required, teachers implementing Read, Play, and Learn!® often find that they can incorporate their existing theme-based classroom materials into the new curriculum.
Classroom centers and work areas generally require a core selection of materials no matter the story module. These include literacy-based props such as notepads, receipt books, and blank checks. Since interaction is an integral part of story reading in the curriculum, interactive word charts or storyboards are needed. These can be constructed using flannel, felt, and Velcro (for the letters). A tape recorder (for listening to the story) and a slide projector are also helpful to have.
Centers and activity areas should contain a variety of sensory materials (objects with different textures, sand, dried beans, and rice, and noisemaking devices), math manipulatives, measuring devices, and art supplies.
Chances are, if youre a preschool or kindergarten teacher, most of the above-mentioned items are already staples of your classroom. For the items you dont have, as well as for story-specific props, options include working out a sharing arrangement with other teachers or programs, soliciting donations from local businesses, and asking parents to send in items they may have at home.
The following is a sampling of some of the unique materials that are required for certain modules. As you can see, most are readily available in schools or families homes.
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Electric hand mixer
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