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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
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.