The Learning Power of Laughter: Over 300 Playful Games and Activities that Promote Learning with Young Children

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Serious learning can happen in playful moments. The Learning Power of Laughter has over 300 activities that use the power of laughter to encourage 3- to 6- year-olds to be creative, learn sequencing skills, develop phonemic awareness, use their imaginations, develop listening skills, and work with rhymes and language. Children and teachers alike will love the creative, fun activities that enrich any classroom experience!
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Overview

Serious learning can happen in playful moments. The Learning Power of Laughter has over 300 activities that use the power of laughter to encourage 3- to 6- year-olds to be creative, learn sequencing skills, develop phonemic awareness, use their imaginations, develop listening skills, and work with rhymes and language. Children and teachers alike will love the creative, fun activities that enrich any classroom experience!
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This paperback activity book collects over 300 humorous rhymes, songs, and games that promote learning in young children. While the author introduces the book with the power of laughter to heal, the book focuses on the skills and concepts that can be gained through various rib-tickling activities. Chapter one, for example, focuses on tongue twisters, jokes and riddles. Silberg presents some familiar twisters, but, more often than not, she offers up wonderful but little-known tongue stumpers. Her riddles are equally as fresh, although quite a few seem more appropriate for older children : "A penny and dollar were on a table. The penny jumped off. Why didn't the dollar? The dollar had more sense". Young children probably will not understand the dual meaning of sense, and when punch lines need to be explained they lose their punch. Silberg also offers a knockout list of humorous board and picture books for young children but, inexplicably, takes up four pages of text space listing books for older children when this volume purports to be for younger children. Nevertheless, the collection, as a whole, is a winner, and belongs on the bookshelves of early childhood educators looking for a twist of levity in the classroom. 2004, Gryphon House, Ages adult.
—Hillary Homzie
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876592687
  • Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Jackie Silberg, who has an M.S. in child development, is an early childhood advocate and popular keynote speaker. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Emporia State University, recognizing her current achievements as well as her long and prolific career. Jackie founded and directed the Jewish Community Center School of Music in Kansas City, Missouri, and worked for Channel 41 television, planning the music and performing her original music for a children's program called "41 Treehouse Lane." She wrote and produced a television show for Time Warner called "Just Kids," which addressed children's needs and interests. Jackie has worked as a consultant with the Discovery Channel, setting up their music streaming website. She has given workshops, keynote addresses, seminars, and family concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, and in Singapore. Jackie has served as an adjunct instructor at both Emporia State University and the University of Missouri at Kansas City and lectures at Johnson County Community College. Jackie is the owner of Miss Jackie Music Company.
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