Let's Play!: Promoting Active Playgrounds
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Let's Play!: Promoting Active Playgrounds

by Jane Watkinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 073607001X

ISBN-13: 9780736070010

Pub. Date: 09/28/2009

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers


Kids love recess and playground time. But some kids have not developed the skills they need to take part in physical activities on the playground, and those kids are often left standing alone on the side, watching others play. The children are left inactive and isolated, which can lead to long-lasting negative effects on their

Overview


Kids love recess and playground time. But some kids have not developed the skills they need to take part in physical activities on the playground, and those kids are often left standing alone on the side, watching others play. The children are left inactive and isolated, which can lead to long-lasting negative effects on their self-esteem.

Let’s Play! Promoting Active Playgrounds will help you make sure that no kids are left on the sidelines watching and waiting for the bell or for a parent to pick them up. Not all kids automatically have, or learn, the skills they need to be active and have fun on the playground. But through Let’s Play! , you can ensure that every child under your care has a repertoire of movement skills to be active on the playground.

This book will help you

  • • know the activities that children ages 3 to 8 typically play on the playground,
  • • assess the specific skills they need to take part in those activities,
  • • recognize kids who are left out of the activities or choose to withdraw from them, and
  • • help those kids to acquire the skills they need to be part of the playground action.
Let’s Play! offers simple tips for teaching playground skills and games. It includes an assessment protocol that uses kids’ own reports of their activity—something they find fun because of the illustrations and you’ll find useful because of what you learn about their preferences and achievements. This is the first book to provide such an assessment protocol of gross motor play on the playground; with it, you can screen 30 kids in 30 minutes.

In addition, Let’s Play! offers a CD-ROM bound in the book, which includes 30 illustrated forms that you can print to put this practical children’s play development system into action immediately.

Let’s Play! will help you make a difference in children’s lives. Through this book and CD-ROM package, you can assume a vital role in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to participate in playground activities. Children spend less time being active at home, so Let’s Play! will help kids increase their physical activity and reduce their likelihood of obesity. This resource will also help kids make friends on the playground and become active in the social groups that form during unstructured free time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736070010
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Pages:
106
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 11 Years

Table of Contents

Preface

How to Use This Book and CD-ROM

Acknowledgments

 

Chapter 1. Understanding the Value of Play

Physical Benefits

Social Benefits

What Can Adults Do to Help?

The Uniqueness of Each Child and Each Situation

Conclusion

 

Chapter 2. Understanding What Motivates Children to Participate on the Playground

Do I Want to Do This?

Can I Do This?

Am I Good Enough?

Encouraging Participation

Conclusion

 

Chapter 3. Understanding Assessment

Why Assess?

Assessing Participation

Assessing Skills

Conclusion

 

Chapter 4. Using the Playmap to Assess Participation

The Playmap

Self-Report Method

Interpreting the Results

Observation Method

Interpreting Observations of a Single Child

Conclusion

 

Chapter 5. Using the Playlist to Assess Skills

Step 1: Choose Activities to Assess

Step 2: Determine the Current Skill Repertoire

Step 3: Use Prompts to Determine Possible Skills

Step 4: Choose Skills to Teach

Conclusion

 

Chapter 6. Teaching Playground Skill

Direct Instruction Model

Environmental Prompts

Verbal Prompts

Visual Prompts

Physical Prompts

Using Prompts and Direct Instruction

Teaching Ball Skills

Conclusion

 

Chapter 7. Facilitating Effective Practice

Structuring Practice

Encouraging Self-Regulated Practice

Practicing Different Versions of the Same Skill

Practicing Different Skills Together

Conclusion

 

Chapter 8. Teaching in a Positive Climate

Performance Climates

Mastery Climates

Competitive and Cooperative Activities

Conclusion

 

Chapter 9. Playing Games

Tag: A Universal Game

Tag Variations

Games Using Tag Concepts

Teaching Tag Skills

Conclusion

 

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

About the Illustrator

How to Use the CD-ROM

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