Play at the Center of the Curriculum (4th Edition)

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This book discusses the value of play in diverse early childhood classrooms and how curriculum can support play.  Key changes to this edition include the integration of standards and examples of how encouraging certain types of play can meet standards, expanded coverage of cultural diversity and supporting play in children with special needs, and expanded coverage of integrating the content areas.  More than any other books on play, this book focuses on how content areas can be taught and standards met through play.

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This book for future early childhood educators offers all of the background needed to plan and implement a developmentally appropriate, play-centered curriculum for children ages 3 to 8.

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Because play is children’s work, this text emphasizes the value of play to young children’s development and focuses on how content areas in the curriculum can support play.  In addition, the text has strong coverage of the teacher’s role in orchestrating and interacting with children during play, and play as a tool for assessment.

 

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  • A more explicit focus on how a play-centered curriculum addresses curriculum standards and benchmarks (Ch. 6-11).
  • More discussions, examples, and research that demonstrate how a play-centered curriculum can be inclusive, inviting programs for children and families from ALL cultural backgrounds, including children who are English language learners.
  • Each chapter has a more thorough discussion of serving children with special needs (new references and classroom anecdotes).
  • A fuller acknowledgment of the importance of emotions in the lives of children, both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Ch. 12, Play, Toys, Technology, includes an expanded discussion of the developmentally appropriate use of technology, the Internet, speech-to-text, digital cameras, and the impact of toy marketing and media.

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