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    By Holly Bohart, Kathy Charner, & Derry Koralek, eds.

    Play is an essential part of children's development and learning. Play helps children learn to understand themselves and get along with others, explore their environment, investigate science, math, and literacy, learn about their communities, and much more. The articles in this collection emphasize the importance of play—from infancy through the primary grades, how to support and scaffold children's play, and how to connect play to learning. Also included is a professional development guide with questions and activities.

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    By Alice Sterling Honig

    There’s a whole world outdoors waiting to embrace young children—with their curiosity, imagination, and enthusiasm—and to impart its treasures. Experiencing Nature With Young Children invites you to explore this world with children from birth to age 8 in ways that will 

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    Journals

    Teaching Young Children is NAEYC's magazine for anyone who works with preschoolers. Colorful, informative, and easy-to-read, TYC is packed full of teaching ideas, strategies, and tips.

    The February/March 2017 issue features articles on learning centers, Curious George, and math outdoors.

    To subscribe, please visit the TYC website or call 800-424-2460.

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    By Lisa Murphy

    Discover why playing is school readiness with this updated guide. Timely research and new stories highlight how play is vital to the social, physical, cognitive, and spiritual development of children. Learn the seven meaningful experiences we should provide children with every day and why they are so important. From Redleaf Press.

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    By Lisa Daly & Miriam Beloglovsky

    Loose parts capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity. This form of play allows infants to be in control and recognize the power of their bodies and actions. A variety of new and innovative loose parts ideas are paired with beautiful photography to inspire safe loose parts play in your infant and toddler environments. Captivating classroom stories and proven science provide the context for how this style of play supports children's development and learning. This book is perfect for Montessori and Reggio-inspired programs and educators. From Redleaf Press.

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    Teaching Young Children is NAEYC's magazine for anyone who works with preschoolers. Colorful, informative, and easy-to-read, TYC is packed full of teaching ideas, strategies, and tips.

    The October/November 2016 issue features articles on Makerspaces, STEAM explorations, and Hervé Tullet.

    To subscribe, please visit the TYC website or call 800-424-2460.

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    By Lisa Daly & Miriam Beloglovsky

    Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials—acorns, hardware, stones, aluminum foil, fabric scraps, for example—that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Loose parts are alluring and beautiful. They capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity.
    With more than 550 color photographs of many kinds of loose parts in real early childhood settings, classroom stories, and a dynamic overview, this book provides inspiration and information about the ways loose parts support open-ended learning, enhance play, and empower children. With loose parts, the possibilities are endless. From Redleaf Press.

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    By Marcia L. Nell & Walter F. Drew, With Deborah E. Bush

    How do we help teachers deepen their understanding of the importance of play? How do we strengthen teachers’ ability to skillfully and intentionally guide children’s learning through play? When teachers engage in creative, open-ended play experiences, they learn firsthand the power of play. They also become more knowledgeable about the purposeful use of materials and intentional teaching strategies they can use to help children engage in open-ended play.

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    By Janet Brown McCracken

    In early child development, play time is a time to learn and develop skills for children’s future. Play is FUNdamental is a descriptive guide of how parents and teachers can make children’s play an enriching experience. This brochure details several approaches to encouraging positive social and creative thinking skills in young children. 

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    This brochure contains useful tips for choosing the best types of toys for children’s enjoyment, learning, and growth. It folds out into an easy-to-read, colorful chart of toys and play activities appropriate for children of different ages from birth to 8 years old.

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