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Let's Play! : Promoting Active Playgrounds - Jane Watkinson

Let's Play!

Promoting Active Playgrounds

Book with Other Items Published: 1st June 2009
ISBN: 9780736070010
Number Of Pages: 106
For Ages: 3 - 8 years old

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Kids love recess and playground time. But some kids have not developed the skills they need to take part in physical activities on the playground, and those kids are often left standing alone on the side, watching others play. The children are left inactive and isolated, which can lead to long-lasting negative effects on their self-esteem.

Let's Play Promoting Active Playgrounds will help you make sure that no kids are left on the sidelines watching and waiting for the bell or for a parent to pick them up. Not all kids automatically have, or learn, the skills they need to be active and have fun on the playground. But through Let's Play, you can ensure that every child under your care has a repertoire of movement skills to be active on the playground. This book will help you:

- Know the activities that children ages 3 to 8 typically play on the playground

- Assess the specific skills they need to take part in those activities

- Recognize kids who are left out of the activities or choose to withdraw from them, and

- Help those kids to acquire the skills they need to be part of the playground action.

Let's Play offers simple tips for teaching playground skills and games. It includes an assessment protocol that uses kids' own reports of their activity - something they find fun because of the illustrations and you'll find useful because of what you learn about their preferences and achievements. This is the first book to provide such an assessment protocol of gross motor play on the playground; with it, you can screen 30 kids in 30 minutes.

In addition, Let's Play offers a CD-ROM bound in the book, which includes 30 illustrated forms that you can print to put this practical children's play development system into action immediately.Let's Play will help you make a difference in children's lives. Through this book and CD-ROM package, you can assume a vital role in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to participate in playground activities. Children spend less time being active at home, so Let's Play will help kids increase their physical activity and reduce their likelihood of obesity. This resource will also help kids make friends on the playground and become active in the social groups that form during unstructured free time.

Preface
How to Use This Book and CD-ROM
Acknowledgments
Understanding the Value of Play
Physical Benefits
Social Benefits
What Can Adults Do to Help?
The Uniqueness of Each Child and Each Situation
Conclusion
Understanding What Motivates Children to Participate on the Playground
Do I Want to Do This?
Can I Do This?
Am I Good Enough?
Encouraging Participation
Conclusion
Understanding Assessment
Why Assess?
Assessing Participation
Assessing Skills
Conclusion
Using the Playmap to Assess Participation
The Playmap
Self-Report Method
Interpreting the Results
Observation Method
Interpreting Observations of a Single Child
Conclusion
Using the Playlist to Assess Skills
Choose Activities to Assess
Determine the Current Skill Repertoire
Use Prompts to Determine Possible Skills
Choose Skills to Teach
Conclusion
Teaching Playground Skill
Direct Instruction Model
Environmental Prompts
Verbal Prompts
Visual Prompts
Physical Prompts
Using Prompts and Direct Instruction
Teaching Ball Skills
Conclusion
Facilitating Effective Practice
Structuring Practice
Encouraging Self-Regulated Practice
Practicing Different Versions of the Same Skill
Practicing Different Skills Together
Conclusion
Teaching in a Positive Climate
Performance Climates
Mastery Climates
Competitive and Cooperative Activities
Conclusion
Playing Games
Tag: A Universal Game
Tag Variations
Games Using Tag Concepts
Teaching Tag Skills
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
About the Illustrator
How to Use the CD-ROM
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780736070010
ISBN-10: 073607001X
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 3 - 8 years old
Format: Book with Other Items
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 106
Published: 1st June 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.6  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.36

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