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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 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 B. Blakley, R. Blau, E.H. Brady, C. Streibert, A. Zavitkovsky, & D. Zavitkovsky

    More and more schools and centers are adding after-school programs, and so more and more activity ideas are needed. Try out hundreds of activities for children from ages 5 to 10 in all subject areas from knitting, cooking, and dramatic play to gardening, science, and woodworking. These entertaining and educating activities will help your after-school center work more effectively with children, parents, staff, and community.

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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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    Brochures

    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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    By Stephen Sanders

    Most young children love vigorous physical activity, but research shows that they may not continue to be active throughout childhood and beyond if they lack a foundation of skills. Early childhood educators need to ensure children's learning of the physical skills as well as movement concepts necessary to start them toward active and healthy lives. This book provides guidance on what high-quality movement programs should include: environments designed for young children, effective curriculum components, developmental approaches to teaching, planned assessment, and more. Unlocking children's movement potential will inspire a love of physical activity for years to come.

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    By Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth

    Learn to guide, expand, and assess children’s block play with nationally field tested curriculum that meets national standards. Block play is an important part of exploring physical properties such as gravity and balance as well as theories of structure like tension and compression. Real-life examples bring to life this exciting realm of science learning. Part of the Young Scientist Series and copublished with Redleaf Press.

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