The idea for this book came from reflecting back on my 36 years of life, the family I have, the friendships I have had and all of my experiences working in my educational career and helping others. Through these experiences I have recognized that there are no two people who learn alike.
In this book, I describe what "play" really means, the importance of promoting play, the types of play, play theorists and psychologists (including Partens, Freud, Vygotsk, Piaget) learning styles, how play helps children who have special needs, and outdoor play amongst many more fascinating topics. My book is a valuable resource for parents, educators and anyone who is interested in the topic. It includes parent objectives and pages where the reader can jot down thoughts, ideas or what the next family activity may be.
Recently there has been a lot of focus on teaching the next generation everything they need to know. What is possibly detrimental is the approach that some educational systems take pushing children to learn at a very fast pace when they are not developmentally ready.
Table Of Contents
Table Of Contents
1. Definitions of Play
2. The Importance of Promoting Play
3. Educational Theorists and Play
4. Object Permanence and Play
5. Play Behaviors and Physical, Emotional and Mental Developments
6. Brain Development and Play
7. How Play Supports the Development of Children With Disabilities
8. Adult/Child Play Relationships, Brain & Emotional Developments
9. Motor Development and Play
10. Multiple Intelligences
11. Language and Literacy
12. Child Health and Play
13. Outdoor Play
14. How Can Parents Encourage Play?
15. Engaging Formal Learning and Play
16. Adolescent and Adult Play
BE IN A VIDEO
I am always looking for new people to participate in my promotional videos. These are short videos that will be used on my business social media sites (i.e. my website, Why Play? We Play, We Learn etc..) for the purpose of promoting my research in Early Childhood Education and the importance of play. If you would like to contribute, please contact me and I'll email you a video/photo release form.
SUBMIT YOUR PLAY HISTORY
I am looking for people of all ages to contribute their play history. This is an authentic document or story of how you were raised growing up and to what extent was play encouraged growing up? Were you allowed to go out and play? Did you play with toys and/or did you go outside and play with friends? Did you ever find yourself using your imagination to build club houses or pretend you were in a different environment other than your own? Maybe you played out what you thought you wanted to be when you were older.
Your play history will be used in my continuing research of Early Childhood Education and could end up in one of my next books! How about that? For this reason, Play histories should be minimum of a page, maximum 3 pages and please only share information that you feel comfortable with sharing. Only your first name should be used at the end. This is so people (including myself) know that what they are reading is a new person's play history.
For more questions and comments, feel free to contact me through the contact button on the main page of my website or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Chris Pancoast and I have worked with children in different public and private educational programs and environments for the past 19 years. I am now working in the school district I grew up in. I work with a student who has special needs. I graduated with my BA and Masters Degrees in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development.
For my thesis or "culminating" project, I was really inspired (and stall am) to share my research and education pertaining to the concept of play. That brought me to writing a book entitled, "Why Play? The Role of Play in Early Childhood Development". As of 2017, I have organized a workshop based on Play. My goal is to connect with surrounding communities, parents, educators and anyone who has worked with children and share ideas with each other.
As you venture into my research on "Play", I invite you to relax and reflect on how you played in your childhood. Feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and stories.
There is more to play than meets the eye. Play forms the foundation for life-long growth and development. It is by children having the time and opportunity to play that they gain verbal and social skills, fine and gross motor development, and building relationships/friendships. There are many different types of play. Did you know that humans are not the only living things that play? Animals play often. The way they move without showing their teeth and aggression is a sign of play. There are research studies on this as well.
Learn what "play" really means and the importance of promoting play. This book is a valuable resource for parents, educators and anyone who is interested in the topic. It includes parent objectives and pages where the reader can jot down thoughts, ideas or what the next family activity may be.