Children's Play: The Roots of Reading / Edition 1

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Zigler (Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University) assembles experts in play research, child development, and early childhood education to examine recent policy decisions affecting play in the early childhood classroom and to demonstrate the importance of play in helping children learn basic literacy skills, social awareness, and creative problem solving. Contributors summarize the developmental benefits of play, give examples of how research has been applied in practice, and offer a multicultural perspective. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943657752
  • Publisher: Zero To Three Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword--The Promise of Play for Human Development v
Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
1 Play Under Siege: A Historical Overview 1
2 Development in the First Years of Life 15
3 The Roots and Fruits of Pretending 33
4 Real and Not Real: A Vital Developmental Dichotomy 49
5 School Readiness and Children's Play: Contemporary Oxymoron or Compatible Option? 59
6 Fostering School Achievement and Creativity Through Sociodramatic Play in the Classroom 77
7 Examining the Play-Literacy Interface: A Critical Review and Future Directions 95
8 Play in the Multicultural World of Children: Implications for Adults 125
9 Revisiting Shared Meaning: Looking Through the Lens of Culture and Linking Shared Pretend Play Through Proto-Narrative Development to Emergent Literacy 143
10 Play and School Readiness 159
11 Encouraging School Readiness Through Guided Pretend Games 175
Afterword 189
List of Contributors 191
Index 193
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