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  • Marisa Ramsey

Ice, Ice, Baby

Baby, It's Cold Outside....

This week, we talked about winter weather. In particular, we explored and experimented with water as the temperature changes. We read about snow, created our own icicles, played in our own indoor snow tubs, and painted in wintry, watery colors.

This week, we also enjoyed lots of pretend play. Young children learn by imagining and doing. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas. Pretend play helps children understand the power of language. In addition, by pretend playing with others, children learn that words give them the means to reenact a story or organize play. This process helps a child to make the connection between spoken and written language — a skill that will later help when learning to read.

When your child engages in pretend (or dramatic) play, he is actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. Through cooperative play, he learns how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve. When your child pretends to be different characters, he has the experience of "walking in someone else's shoes," which helps teach the important moral development skill of empathy.

More Smart Start fun and learning....

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