This Is Play: Environments and Interactions that Engage Infants and Toddlers
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This Is Play: Environments and Interactions that Engage Infants and Toddlers

Ages: 0 - 3
Price: $30.00
Type: Book
By National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)


Slow down, tune in, and discover the very purposeful play of infants and toddlers. With its spot-on ideas and delightful anecdotes, you'll gain a new appreciation for infants' and toddlers' competence and curiosity and how important your role is in the birth-to-3 adventure.

Review Highlights:

The book is straightforward to read and it's easy to directly apply the knowledge to the infants and toddlers in your life. The book is written to support early childhood teachers, but it is effortless for a parent to read and apply to the play and development of their young child, after all, parents are the child's first teacher. This book addresses why play is essential for children's learning and development and how to set up the play area to maximize play potential. The book is broken down into five easy to read chapters, with beautiful color pictures that help the reader visualize the context for better learning and interest headings to break the written words apart to create ease and focus. Chapters 2-4 are broken down to provide a more detailed snapshot of development through play at each age and stage of development. The chapters include suggestions on how to support play, types of toys, and materials for play along with resources for the teachers and families for that stage of play and development.

The book is written in easy to understand language backed by in-text citations and references to learn more about a topic. The book provides real-life examples and thought-provoking question. It's a great reference book for the infant and toddler years. I loved the fun, colorful, welcoming cover and the well-sectioned chapters and headers, and easy to read the text. I found myself excited to implement many of the suggestions to play the book provided.

The book teaches about the importance of play, and what play means to a child's physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and language development. It teaches you how to better challenge a child based on their abilities, interests, and needs. The book teaches all the things children accomplish through play and explains to readers why they should value play as serious learning.

This product will benefit infants and toddlers when the adults in their lives read the book and implement the content.

I like the book's layout and how it gives you the information by age group.

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