Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Play

Holly Bohart (Editor) Kathy Charner (Editor)
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Product Details

National Association for the Education of You
Publish Date
February 28, 2015
8.3 X 0.3 X 10.4 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Holly Bohart is senior editor in Books and Related Resources at NAEYC. She formerly taught in special education early childhood programs. Kathy Charner is editor in chief of NAEYC's Books and Related Resources department, with responsibility for the content, management, publication, and general excellence of the books and brochures published by NAEYC. Before joining NAEYC, Kathy was editor in chief at Gryphon House for more than 20 years. Derry Koralek, chief publishing officer of NAEYC, oversees the development of all print and digital publishing, including books, brochures, periodicals, professional development guides, posters, and websites for educators and families. Derry is editor in chief of Young Children and TYC--Teaching Young Children.


Each article in this rich publication broadens and sometimes challenges readers' ideas of what quality play experiences and environments provide for young children. This volume is a useful resource for those who are engaged with young children in playful learning environments, from classrooms to homes, libraries, museums, and more. The memos that accompany each article add meaningful commentary and urge all of us to become play advocates for children. -- Jeri Robinson, Vice President, Early Childhood Initiatives, Boston Children's Museum It has often been said that play is children's work. However, as noted in the introduction to this book, play is under siege. Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Play is a tribute to the importance of play in the growth, development, and learning of young children. -- Robbie B. Roberts, Director, Harris Early Learning Center; Assistant Professor, Auburn University, Birmingham, AL These articles explain the developmental necessity of enabling children to learn through guided play. Thoughtful teachers are essential partners in this process, providing dynamic environments that encourage the abilities to reason, solve problems, predict, use language and symbols, think creatively, and interact with others. Can early childhood programs be places for play when academic stakes are so high? This book answers with a resounding yes. -- Gretchen Reynolds, Retired Faculty in Early Childhood Education, Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON; coauthor of The Play's the Thing: Teachers' Roles in Children's Play I am thrilled to see how the best of theory, research, and best practice come together in this new publication. -- William H. Strader, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Fisher College, New Bedford, Massachusetts; Coordinator, New England Symposium on Play