Supporting play in early childhood : environment, curriculum, assessment / Dorothy Justus Sluss
Stamford, CT : Cengage Learning, 2015
xxv, 336 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Aimed at teachers and future teachers of children from birth through age eight, this book examines the positive effects of play on children's social/emotional, cognitive, and physical development. You will learn how to assess a child's learning through play, making play a more practicable teaching mechanism. You also will learn step-by-step recommendations for establishing a classroom that promotes play and how to develop play-based programs for children in specific age groups: infants and toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten children, and primary-age children. Incorporating play into the program of special needs children is addressed in each age-specific section and in a separate chapter.
Valuing Play -- Play as Development -- Observation and Assessment -- Supporting Play for Infants and Toddlers -- Supporting Play for Preschool Children -- Supporting Play in Kindergarten Classrooms -- Supporting Play in Primary School -- Supporting Play for Children in Middle Childhood -- Supporting Play for Children with Special Needs -- Outdoor Play for Young Children -- Current Trends and Issues