Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Planning For Play, Observation, and Learning: A Book Review

About The Book:

Play is an important vehicle for learning in the early years. With intentional planning frameworks, Planning for Play, Observation, and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten provides tools and strategies to organize and develop curriculum around high-level, purposeful play. Practical application techniques help you create a cycle of planning and observation as they use a play-based curriculum to help young children thrive in your classroom. 

Age focus: 3—6. Softbound, 232 pgs. E-book is also available.

About The Author:

Gaye Gronlund, MA, is an early childhood consultant and trains educators, administrators, and policy makers across the country. She is a former preschool, kindergarten, and primary teacher of both regular and special education. Gaye holds a master's degree in adult learning and early childhood education. 

Visit her Website: www.gayegronlund.com

My Review:

I was very excited to receive this book in December and it was so loaded with information that it took me a few weeks to absorb it all before writing my review. I have taken observation and recording workshops/course work in the past, so this book was a lot of review for me. However, that said it is a fantastic resource to be able to access when I want a quick review. I also learned a few new things a long the way. 

It is in observing children and planning activities around their interests that will ultimately help them be at their best learning potential. This book teaches that and so much more. Each chapter explains the various ways to observe children in the preschool and Kindergarten age group, giving many wonderful examples. Also included in the book are activities ideas, and a lot of super reproducible worksheets for planning and recording for infant, toddler, preschool and kindergarten programs. Though the worksheets are more detailed, in many ways, for my current needs of running a home child care program, they could be easily modified to fit such a program with little effort. 

Planning for Play, Observation and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten would be a great addition to any Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten teacher library and program.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Planning for Play, Observation, and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten online through Red Leaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Red Leaf Press, 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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