4-2 | Developmentally Appropriate Play: Guiding Young Children to a Higher Level

Book Review

Developmentally Appropriate Play: Guiding Young Children to a Higher Level

Gaye Gronlund
St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press, 2010. Contents, illustrations, appendix, references, bibliography. 191 pp. $32.95 paper. ISBN: 97816055440375

by Sandra Heidemann

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In my work, I frequently observe teachers in the classroom. Some of what I have noticed echoes what I have heard at conferences and workshops: Teachers are feeling pressured by new early learning standards and rising expectations for school readiness; They are unsure of how play fits into these demands; Officials have cut time devoted to play to create more time for early math and literacy activities; Teachers often use the time children are playing to catch up on paperwork or set up the next activities; Although it may be frustrating to see teachers take a hands-off approach to play, they may not always understand what is expected of them during that time; And, it is difficult to learn how to scaffold play skills. Addressing these issues in Developmentally Appropriate Play, Gaye Gronlund presents strategies that teach teachers the skills to help children thrive within the context of play experiences.