Play skills are life skills; as children develop them, they also learn important social skills that they will use throughout their lives. Teachers will find successful strategies for implementing changes in the classroom to enhance the environment for play and techniques to help support children’s development. This is the revised edition of the well-respected and relied-upon handbook Pathways to Play. Play contains activity ideas that encourage play skills, checklists to help identify where children are having problems, specific teaching strategies, and assessment options. This new edition also examines how play theory translates into practice.
About the Author
Sandra Heidemann has over 20 years of experience in the early childhood field and is dedicated to improving quality care for children, especially those with special needs. Her roles have included program director and special education teacher. A consultant and trainer, she currently holds a position at Words Work! as a classroom coordinator. Deborah Hewitt has worked as an early childhood consultant, CDA advisor, trainer-of-trainers, and a teacher in a Learning Readiness preschool program. An author and workshop presenter, she has also served on the board of directors of MnAEYC and is now the grant coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Education.