Forget about the typical "playing house" games, this is all about creating a housekeeping center that is helping kids "learn literacy skills for living!"
I have made my area a print-rich play area with phonebooks, cookbooks, notepads, name bottles, magnets, and menus.
In this station I have also really focused on putting in "print" that the children will see while they are growing up. Old junk mail, catalogs, packages from the grocery stores, receipts, and magazines are some of the favorites.
This area changes as the children change. As my students mature, I add laundry baskets, blankets, and pillows to provide a comfy, "homey" place to curl up and read their favorite books.
Lighting is also important in this center. Provide the children with lamps, flashlights, or other ways to illuminate their books. The more comfortable your students are the more engaged in learning they will be.
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