The Child's Right to Play: A Global Approach

The Child's Right to Play: A Global Approach

The Child's Right to Play: A Global Approach

The Child's Right to Play: A Global Approach

Synopsis

Clements, Fiorentino, and their contributors focus on the right of every child to experience the joy and developmental benefits derived from play. The volume brings together national and international specialists in the areas of early childhood and play leadership as well as playground manufacturers, parks and recreation directors, architects and landscape architects, child care providers, child life specialists, movement and physical educators, and parent advocates of play.

Excerpt

Life should be lived as play.

—Plato

Play exists at the very heart of childhood. It is the fundamental means through which children learn about themselves, their family members, their local communities, and the world around them. The freedom to explore, experiment, make believe, and make one's choices is a key ingredient in the healthy development of every child. Play also fosters the child's creativity and curiosity and enhances the child's ability to cope when confronted with events out of the child's control. It is the right of every child to experience the joy and developmental benefits derived from play.

This book offers the reader contemporary thoughts from more than sixty national and international specialists in the areas of early childhood and play leadership, brain research and educational psychology, as well as playground specialists, child life specialists, and movement and physical educators. All works reflect the authors' deep commitment to the belief in "education through play" or "play for its own sake." The book also confirms the belief that play, along with the basic needs of nutrition, health, shelter, and education, is vital to develop the potential of all children.

To assist the reader in obtaining this understanding, we have divided the book into five distinct parts. Part I addresses topics of special interest to parents and caregivers concerning definitions and the importance of play. Among other issues, the chapters will show how play has been and can serve as a vehicle for the young child's increased language development, imagination, social competence, cogni-

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