Dramatic play is central to children’s healthy development and learning during the preschool years. Children explore their experiences by pretending to be someone or something different from themselves. They make up situations and actions that go along with the roles they choose. When children engage in dramatic play, they deepen their understanding of the world and develop skills that will serve them throughout their lives. Dramatic play allows teachers the opportunity to observe children’s play and consider ways to help them discover purposes for reading and writing. Dramatic play is a great opportunity to talk with children, by suggesting additional roles and play scenarios that involve the use of reading and writing and providing materials that children can use in their play. This promotes skills and development as children use their imagination to experience a sense of power by imitating grown-ups. The goals and skills learned in Dramatic Play are as followed: * Understanding and experience the adult world through imitation * Means to express feelings and emotions * Assist in better understanding their world * Develop creativity and imagination * Using symbols in play * Using new vocabulary to converse * Attempting to write or list a message * Using fine motor skills to button, buckle, zip snap and tie * Pretending to read * Using invented, or development, spelling that indicates a beginning understanding of sound-symbol relationship Our school provides dramatic play for Murrieta day care and child care Temecula children.