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Children's Play: The Roots of Reading
Edited by Edward F. Zigler, Dorothy G. Singer, and Sandra J. Bishop-Josef 2004
Extensive empirical research has documented the value of play for both cognitive and social development. Play—guided by teachers, child care providers, and parents—can contribute to emerging literacy by motivating a child to learn the cognitive and social skills necessary for success in kindergarten and the early elementary school years. This book demonstrates the importance of play in helping children learn basic literacy skills, social awareness, and creative problem solving.
"Essential. A must read for early childhood and elementary school educators.”
“Children's Play makes a powerful, research-based case for the value of child-directed, sometimes adult-guided play in producing emotionally healthy children who begin school ready and eager to learn.”
—Deborah Stipek, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University