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.

Bare Necessities

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 you’re a preschool or kindergarten teacher, most of the above-mentioned items are already staples of your classroom. For the items you don’t 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.

Module-Specific Materials

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.

Toys and Equipment Supplies
Food
Dolls
Blocks
Legos
Drums
Play-Doh
Scooter boards
Puzzles
Plastic animals
Wagons
Wading pool
Beanbags
Easel
Chairs
Electric hand mixer
Bubble wrap
Shoeboxes
Towels
Rubber stamps
Plastic pitchers
Magazines
Shaving cream
Nuts, bolts, and screws
Pillows
Three-ring binders
Umbrellas
Magnets
Tennis balls
Animal crackers
Milk
Pretzels
Food coloring
Eggs
Peanut butter
Sugar
Jell-o
Ground beef
Cheese
Vegetables
Lemonade
Apples
Sunflower seeds


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