Let Them Play An Early Learning (un)Curriculum

ISBN-10: 1605540536
ISBN-13: 9781605540535
Edition: 2012
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Description: Playtime is focused, purposeful, and full of learning. As they play, children master motor development, learn language and social skills, think creatively, and make cognitive leaps. This (un)curriculum is all about fostering children's play,  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Redleaf Press
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Playtime is focused, purposeful, and full of learning. As they play, children master motor development, learn language and social skills, think creatively, and make cognitive leaps. This (un)curriculum is all about fostering children's play, trusting children as capable and engaged learners, and leaving behind boxed curriculums and prescribed activities. Filled with information on the guiding principles that make up an (un)curriculum, learning experience ideas, and suggestions for building strong emotional and engaging physical environments,Let Them Playprovides support to those who believe in the learning power of play.

Denita Dinger: Denita Dinger has been a child care provider for twelve years and currently operates a Giggles and Grins Daycare and Preschool in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She has been a professional speaker at several conferences for early childhood professionals. Jeff A. Johnson: Jeff A. Johnson has twenty years of child care experience with children of all ages in a variety of programs. He operates a family child care program and presents keynote speeches and trainings at conferences both nationally and internationally. Jeff is the author of five other Redleaf Press books.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
What Happened to "Go Play"?
Play-Focused Learning
What Happened to "Go Play"?
Why the Rush?
Is Rushing Worthwhile?
Where Are We Rushing To?
Defining an (Un)Curriculum
What an (Un)Curriculum Is Not
Characteristics of an (Un)Curriculum
Push the Curriculum Back Up
Supporting an (Un)Curriculum
Trust Your Employees
Focus on Art
Truly Value Play
Encourage Activist Caregivers
Overcome Fear
Seek Out Simplicity
Value Vacation Mind-Sets
Creating Engaging Spaces
Happy Brains
Engaged Senses
Safe Danger
Abundant Time
Unbridled Chitchat
Predictable Change
Thoughtful Stimulation
Appropriate Challenge
Real Work
Perpetua Motion
Trusting Kids to Learn
Emotional Environments
Trusting Children
(Un)Planning
Throw Away Your Lesson Plan Book
Be an Early Learning Experience Architect
Practice the Principles of (Un)Planning
Taking Baby Steps
Denita's Story
Experiment and Shake Things Up
Tests, Evaluations, and Assessments ... Oh My!
Don't Feed the Beast
Assess and Evaluate This
Trust Children's Self-Assessment and Self-Evaluation
Document
Do Something with Documentation
References
Suggested Reading
Suggested Websites and Blogs

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