Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Playful Learning: A Book Review

About The Book:

Children are natural scientists, artists, mathematicians, authors, and scholars. From the time they are born they seek out information about the world around them in an effort to construct meaning and further their development. While children have an inherent drive to make sense of their reality, parents have a unique opportunity to harness their children’s curiosity and channel it into a love of learning.
Playful learning is the magic that takes place when we meld a child’s sense of joy and wonder with thoughtfully planned learning experiences. Through easy-to-implement, hands-on projects you can engage your child in fun and creative ways that encourage learning and impart the joy of discovery. With a little bit of information and forethought, you can play a pivotal role in the cognitive and creative development of your child

Mariah Bruehl has worked in the field of education for over a decade. She has taught in the classroom, developed curriculum in many different subject areas, trained teachers, and implemented programs across many grade levels. She is the mother of two girls and the owner of Playful Learning—a retail space and education center in Sag Harbor. Learn more at www.playfulearning.com

About The Author:

Mariah Bruehl has worked in the field of education for over a decade. She has an MS in Elementary Education from the Bank Street College of Education, was a classroom teacher for four years at the Dalton School, and worked in Early Childhood and Elementary Administration for six years at the Hampton Day School, the Ross School, and the Ross Institute Academy. She has taught in the classroom, trained teachers, implemented programs across many grade levels, and developed and implemented curriculum. Her educational influences include the Reggio Emilia Approach, Maria Montessori, and Howard Gardner. She is currently a stay-at-home mother of two girls and the owner of Playful Learning—a retail space and education center in Sag Harbor. Learn more at www.playfulearning.com 

My Review:

Playful Learning is an absolute must-read for ALL parents and early childhood educators. It gives enough child development theory background to be a refresher for educators, while helping parents and caregivers understand their children from a developmental theory level.

Playful learning is abundantly full of activities for ages three to eight, and all are super easy to plan and implement, whether at home or in the classroom. Also included are some amazing reproducible sheets at the end of the book that will provide for repeated learning experiences over the years. The photography and illustrations in the book are fantastic as well, bright and inviting you to play and never stop. The book is very well written and organized too.

 What I love most about the book is that it encourages learning while allowing children to do what they do best - play! In whatever locale and season, play happens and Playful Learning is a great way to encourage play.

You don't have to be an educator to read this book and apply it, and that is one of the reasons I love this book, its is for everyone! It covers all learning areas like literacy, math, science, art and more, therefore something for all learning styles.  For review purposes, I received an electronic copy of this book, but I will for sure be purchasing a hard copy of Playful Learning  for my personal library.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Playful Learning online here, from Shambhala Publishing

***I received an electronic copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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