Pre-to-3: Study examines drama’s links to early literacy

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Researchers at Purdue University found that students who attend theater performances can improve their literacy skills as they understand the plot, characters and vocabulary in the show. Childsplay, an Arizona-based nonprofit, is harnessing this research to help teachers integrate drama into their early literacy instruction. According to Jenny Millinger, associate artistic director at Childsplay, students can improve their literacy skills while learning drama because they are “engaging in multiple learning modalities” at once. Millinger says these tactics can be used outside of the drama class by any teacher interested in bringing words to life. For example, when teaching abstract concepts, it is beneficial for young children to act it out. Learn more about about how to bring these strategies to your classroom. Read More.