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The Importance of Play workshop with Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen was held at the Delaware Division of Libraries
on Friday, October 14, 2016. The documents and resources listed below are courtesy of Dr. Diamant-Cohen.
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Alliance for Childhood
The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living.
KaBOOM! works to catalyze and create great places to play, empower advocates to promote and protect play, and elevate public discourse around the importance of play.
National Institute for Play
The National Institute for Play unlocks the human potential through play in all stages of life using science to discover all that play has to teach us about transforming our world.
National Museum of Play. Mission: The Strong explores play and the ways in which it encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.
Blocks: A Versatile Learning Tool for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
by Anderson, Charlotte. National Association for the Education of Young Children 2010.
Books Make a Difference: A Study of Access to Literacy
By Susan B. Neuman. Reading Research Quarterly, July/August/September 1999.
Enhancing Emotional Vocabulary in Young Children
By Gail E. Joseph, Ph.D. & Phillip S.
Repeat after Me! Repetition and Early Literacy Development
By Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Tess Prendergast, Christy Estrovitz. Children and Libraries, Summer/Fall 2013.
A Second Look at the Play of Young Children with Disabilities
By Michelle Buchanan, Tricia Giovacco Johnson. American Journal of Play, Summer 2009.
Books in the Delaware Library Catalog
Becoming Attached by
Publication Date: 1998-04-23
Gives us a new understanding of how negative patterns and insecure attachment can be changed and resolved throughout a person's life.
Big Body Play : Why Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play is Essential to Children's Development and Learning by
The Case for Make Believe by
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Lays out the inextricable links between play, creativity, and health, showing us how and why to preserve the space for make believe that children need to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
A Child's Work by
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
Makes the case for the critical role of fantasy play in the psychological, intellectual, and social development of young children.
Contemporary Perspectives on Play in Childhood Education
See Chapter 8 "Play in Children: An Attachment Perspective" by Gary Creasey and Patrick Jarvis.
See Chapter 7 for "Play and Early Development and Education" by Jaipaul Roopnarine
Crisis in the Kindergarten : Why Children Need to Play in School by
Designs for Living and Learning by
Publication Date: 2003-05-01
Full-color photographs of actual early childhood programs demonstrate that the spaces children learn and grow in can be comfortable for children, teachers, and parents alike.
Developmentally Appropriate Play by
Publication Date: 2010-07-01
Following the new Developmentally Appropriate Practice guidelines from (NAEYC), this resource helps teachers enhance the depth and richness of children's play.
Publication Date: 2001-08-01
Endangered shows the parent how to be more effective by offering child rearing tips and empowering you to act on the innate wisdom you already possess.
Ghosts from the Nursery by
Publication Date: 1997-12-12
Demonstrates that positive infant care stimulates the brain's capacity for intelligence, trust, and empathy, while trauma, abuse, and neglect during the first two years of life can lead to the permanent suppression of these important protective capacities.
Growing & Learning Through Play by
Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? by
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
An ideal planning resource for early childhood professionals as they coordinate a successful transition that benefits children, their families, and the schools.
Mind in the Making by
Publication Date: 2010-04-20
Draws on fresh research to explain what we ought to be teaching our children.
Nurtured by Love by
Publication Date: 1993-06-01
The author presents the philosophy and principles of Suzuki's teaching methods. Through the examples from his own life and teaching, Suzuki establishes his case for early childhood education and the high potential of every human being---not just those seemingly gifted.
Publication Date: 2009-03-05
Stuart Brown, a physician, psychiatrist and clinical researcher, has made a career of studying the effects of play on people and animals. His conclusion is that play is no less important than oxygen - it's a powerful force in nature that helps determine the likelihood of the very survival of the human race.
Playful Parenting by
Publication Date: 2001-05-29
rom eliciting a giggle during baby's first game of peek-a-boo to cracking jokes with a teenager while hanging out at the mall, Playful Parenting is a complete guide to using play to raise strong, confident children.
Play in the Lives of Children by
Publication Date: 1988-01-01
Find out why play is so important, and how to support it, in this convincing review of what we know about how children grow and learn.
The Power of Play by
Publication Date: 2007-12-25
Elkind shows how creative, spontaneous play fosters healthy mental and social development and sets the stage for academic learning.
The Scientist in the Crib by
Publication Date: 1999-08-18
A review of research on learning and infancy, drawn from hundreds of case studies, shows how children by the age of three are virtual learning machines and discusses how parents can help this learning process.
Start Smart by
Publication Date: 2012-07-03
Offers simple, straightforward information and ideas to boost brain power with active exploration, repetition, sensory exploration, laughter and more.
Transforming Preschool Storytime by
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
Presents a new approach to storytime, one that employs repetition with variety to create an experience which helps children connect and engage with the story on a higher level.
You Make the Difference by
Publication Date: 1996-01-01
Shows parents how to help their child learn during the usual routines of daily living.