Supporting Play: Birth Through Age Eight

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Thomson Delmar Learning, 2005 - Education - 364 pages
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Helping young people learn through play is the focus of this publication, aimed at teachers and future teachers of children from birth through age eight. Current research presented here examines the positive effects of play on childrens social/emotional, cognitive, and physical development. The reader will learn how to assess a childs learning through play, making play a more practicable teaching mechanism. They also will learn step-by-step recommendations for establishing a classroom that promotes play and developing play-based programs designed 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 not only is addressed in each age-specific section, the author pays particular attention to this topic in a stand-alone section. Educators also will value the list of recommended Web sites for further research on the subject, as well as lists of materials and books perfect for play centers.

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Contents

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Classical and Current Theories of Play
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About the author (2005)

Dorothy Louise Justus Sluss is a Professor in the Department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education housed in the College of Education at James Madison University. She is also Director of James Madison University's Early Education Master's of Art in Teaching Program. She has been involved in early childhood education for over three decades, and has served as an advocate for young children through her work in numerous professional organizations. As a public school classroom teacher, she taught kindergarten, primary grades, and started a program for four-year-olds in public schools. Later, working in higher education, she served on the faculties of East Tennessee State University, Clemson University, and the College of William and Mary. She was co-PI on the grant for Project TIES, Towards Inclusion in Early Childhood, and started the Mountain View Elementary Professional Development School. She initiated and chaired the research forum for the NAEYC Play, Practice, and Policy Interest Group at NAEYC for ten years. She has written numerous book chapters and articles that have been published in Childhood Education, Young Children, Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, and other journals. She recently received the Brian Sutton Smith Award for lifetime achievements at the 2013 meeting of The Association for the Study of Play (TASP), and was also elected President of the International Play Association, USA.

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