Playful Learning and Teaching: Integrating Play into Preschool and Primary Programs / Edition 1

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Playful Learning, Playful Teaching presents a practical application of theory in preschool, kindergarten, and primary grade programs describing play in the total context of the entire early childhood curriculum. Using a constructivist, developmental approach, the book examines the role of play in the classroom and discusses how children learn through the process of active, social construction of information. The spiral organization helps readers build knowledge with each chapter. Concepts are introduced in early chapters, then revisited for elaboration and refinement throughout the book. It also analyzes the role of the teacher and explores many cultural and special needs issues in early education. Supportive discussions help new teachers prepare to address the frustrations they may face as they try to create playful programs in school systems that obstruct attempts to move beyond traditional teaching. Readers are presented with the latest perspectives regarding Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) which are tied into suggestions for teaching and advocating for children. The insights and practical suggestions in this book will help empower young teachers to take a strong stance regarding teachers' need to advocate for children's right to play. For anyone interested in early childhood education.

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Describes the relationship between play and learning in children from birth through age eight, and outlines strategies for embedding opportunities for play into curricula and for creating a classroom culture that promotes playful learning. Emphasis is on the role of the teacher in planning opportunities to play, interacting with students during play, and developing a system for ongoing assessment that uses the context created through playful learning. The authors are associated with the University of New Orleans. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205285471
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/25/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 249
  • Sales rank: 584,244
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter includes “Prereading Guide,” “Stories from the Field,” “Developing Advocacy Skills,” “Summary,” “Revisiting First Impressions,” “Questions for Discourse,” and “Suggested Readings.”


1. Defining Play from Many Perspectives.

Multiple Perspectives Regarding Play.

Brain Development and Play.

Defining Play and Playfulness.

2.The Child's Perspective of Play.

Characteristics of Play That Facilitate Learning and Development.

Categories of Play.

Individual Factors That Influence Play.

Embedding Play into the Culture of the Classroom.


3.Embedding Play into the Curricula.

Learning Goals for Young Children.

The Teacher's Role in Fostering Learning Goals through Play.

Combining Elements of Emergent Curriculum, Thematic Instruction, and Projects to Create Opportunities for Playful Learning.

4.Fostering Playful Learning throughout the Day.

Recognizing Diversity among Learners.

Using a Learning Center System to Provide Opportunities for Playful Learning.

Embedding Transitions and Routines with Playful Activities.

Technology and Play.

5.Fostering Playful Learning through Pretense.

The Role of Pretense in Development and Learning.

Fostering Dramatic Play in Early Childhood Classrooms.

Fostering Creative Dramatics in Early Childhood Classrooms.

Including Children with Special Needs in Dramatic and Sociodramatic Play.

6.Fostering Playful Learning through Ongoing Assessment.

Definition of Assessment.

Purpose of Assessment.

Scope of the Assessment.

Context for Assessment.

Play as a Developmentally Appropriate Context for Assessment.

Techniques for Capturing Observations.

Validity Considerations for Observational Assessment.

Sharing Assessment Information.


7.Fostering Healthy Living through Playful Learning and Playful Teaching.

Fostering Healthy Living through Play.

Healthy Living and Self-Esteem.

Healthy Living and Nutrition.

Healthy Living and Physical Development.

The Outdoors as a Learning Center.

Routines and Transitions That Foster Healthy Living.

Including Children with Special Needs.

8.Fostering Creative Expression through Playful Learning and Teaching.

Fostering Creative Expression.

Fostering Creative Expression through Music.

Fostering Creative Expression through the Visual Arts.

9.Fostering Language and Literacy through Playful Learning and Playful Teaching.

Developing Language and Literacy through Play: Revisiting Cognitive Theory.

Language and Literacy Connections.

Literacy Centers.

The Teacher's Role in Maintaining an Emergent Literacy Perspective.

Using Transitions and Routines to Support Language and Literacy.

Including Children with Special Needs.

10.Fostering Cognitive Competence through Playful Learning and Playful Teaching.

Developing Cognitive Competence.

Fostering Cognitive Competence.

Using Centers to Encourage Cognitive Competence.

Using Technology to Support Cognitive Competence.

Maintaining a Constructivist Approach.

Including Children with Special Needs.



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