Developmentally Appropriate Play: Guiding Young Children to a Higher Level

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The most beneficial play is fun, complex, long-lasting, and all-engaging-it has purpose. What exactly does this kind of play look like, and how can you help children reach this higher level?

Filled with the best strategies to facilitate high-level play experiences, Developmentally Appropriate Play will help you understand how to plan for, guide, and identify purposeful play. This resource is based on guiding principles from the third edition of Developmentally Appropriate ...

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Overview

The most beneficial play is fun, complex, long-lasting, and all-engaging-it has purpose. What exactly does this kind of play look like, and how can you help children reach this higher level?

Filled with the best strategies to facilitate high-level play experiences, Developmentally Appropriate Play will help you understand how to plan for, guide, and identify purposeful play. This resource is based on guiding principles from the third edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It also includes information on

Creating an environment where complex, rich play develops and thrives

Enhancing children's play through interaction and provocations

Adding representation through documenting, writing, and drawing to further enrich play

Incorporating early learning standards into play

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605540375
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 544,633
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gaye Gronlund is an early childhood education consultant and trains early childhood educators across the country on topics ranging from observation and assessment to understanding and meeting state education standards. She holds a master's degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College with a specialization in early childhood education and teaching adults.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

What Can Teachers Do? 3

Chapter 1 What's So Important about Play? 5

Not just Any Play 7

Teachers Are the Key 8

Recognizing Three Levels of Children's Play 11

Chapter 2 Putting Theory into Practice 13

A Hierarchy of Needs and Play 13

New Information, New Solutions 15

Imagination, Roles, and Rules 17

Chaotic, Out-of-Control Play 18

Simplistic and Repetitive Play 20

Productive, High-Level Play 24

Optimal Flow 26

Chapter 3 Planning for Play 29

Create a Well-Ordered Environment 31

Provide Materials that Will Engage the Children 34

Change Materials 38

Write Plans for Play 41

Chapter 4 Ways to Help Children Make Choices 43

Help Children Make Meaningful Choices 44

Establish Procedures for Making Choices 45

Help Children Make Open Choices 46

Place Limits on Areas 48

Use Choosing Boards 50

Make Some Choices for Children 53

Procedures for Learning Areas 57

Signals to Get Children's Attention 58

Allow Enough Time for Deep Play to Develop 59

Chapter 5 Interacting with Children to Enhance Play 63

Intentional Teaching 66

How to Get Play Started 69

Know When to Enter and Exit the Play 71

Sustain Play through Well-Timed Interventions 77

Coach and Mentor the Players 84

Chapter 6 Provoking Children into More Complex Play 89

Field Trips and Special Visitors 93

Use Books as Provocations 93

Offer New Materials 94

Consider Groupings of Children 98

Provocations for Younger Preschoolers 100

Provocations for Older Preschoolers and Kindergartners 101

Provocations and Emotions 103

The Power of Emotions and Play 106

Chapter 7 Adding Representation to Further Enrich Play 113

Photos and Documentation Displays 118

Writing for Children through Scripts, Anecdotes, and Dictation 120

Add Writing and Drawing Materials to Play Experiences 122

Create a Climate of Acceptance and Scaffold Children's Writing Efforts 128

Encourage Mathematical Representation 138

Chapter 8 Incorporating Standards and Goals in Children's Play 141

Balancing Play and Standards 142

Seeing Standards and Goals in Action 143

Understanding Standards in Natural and Intentional Ways 144

Enhancing Play to Incorporate Standards 149

Observe for Assessment Purposes 150

Observe to Determine Next Steps 152

Add Challenging and Achievable Goals to Sustain Children's Interest 155

Help Others See Standards and Goals through Documentation Displays 158

Conclusion Play Works 161

Not Just Any Play 164

Appendix A Suggested Provocations 165

Appendix B Ideas for Writing Materials to Accompany Dramatic Play 171

References 183

Excerpt Credits 189

Illustration and Photo Credits 191

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