Let Them Play: An Early Learning (Un)Curriculum

Let Them Play: An Early Learning (Un)Curriculum

by Denita Dinger, Jeff A. Johnson

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Playtime is focused, purposeful, and full of learning. As they play, children master motor development, learn language and social skills, think creatively, and make cognitive leaps. This (un)curriculum is all about fostering children's play, trusting children as capable and engaged learners, and leaving behind boxed curriculums and prescribed activities. Filled with information on the guiding principles that make up an (un)curriculum, learning experience ideas, and suggestions for building strong emotional and engaging physical environments, Let Them Play provides support to those who believe in the learning power of play.

Jeff A. Johnson spent twenty-five years as a child care provider in center- and home-based programs. He now works full time as an author, keynote speaker, podcaster, toymaker, and early learning advocate. He is the author or coauthor of six other Redleaf Press books.

Denita Dinger has been a child care provider for more than fifteen years and operates a family child care program. For the last five years, she has been a frequent keynote speaker at early childhood conferences, focusing on the topics of hands-on learning and learning through play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605541983
Publisher: Redleaf Press
Publication date: 01/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Denita Dinger: Denita Dinger has been a child care provider for twelve years and currently operates a Giggles and Grins Daycare and Preschool in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She has been a professional speaker at several conferences for early childhood professionals.
Jeff A. Johnson: Jeff A. Johnson has twenty years of child care experience with children of all ages in a variety of programs. He operates a family child care program and presents keynote speeches and trainings at conferences both nationally and internationally. Jeff is the author of five other Redleaf Press books.

Table of Contents

Part I: “I Need To Play”
Chapter 1: Rushing Childhood
Chapter 2: Defining an (un)Curriculum
Chapter 3: Addressing Big-Picture Issues

Part II: Letting Kids Lead
Chapter 4: (un)Planning
Chapter 5: Trusting Kids to Lead
Chapter 6: Building Strong Emotional Environments
Chapter 7: Creating Engaging Physical Environments
Chapter 8: Awesome Activity Ideas
Chapter 8.5: Learning Experience Ideas
Chapter 9: Tests, Evaluations, and Assessments…Oh My!

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Let Them Play: An Early Learning (Un)Curriculum 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book so much I bought 3 more of his books.  It is for anyone who is tired of pushing preschoolers academics and inspires you to let them learn how they learn best--through play!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the worst book ever