INSPIRE CHILDREN'S PLAY
Loose Parts are natural or synthetic, found, bought, or up-cycled materials—acorns, hardware, stones, aluminum foil, fabric scraps, for example—that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Loose parts are alluring and beautiful. They capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity. With more than 550 color photographs of many kinds of Loose Parts in real early childhood settings, classroom stories, and a dynamic overview, this book provides inspiration and information about the ways Loose Parts support open-ended learning, enhance play, and empower children. With Loose Parts, the possibilities are endless.
Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children
Find inspiration for your preschool and center from the hundreds of photos displaying the power of Loose Parts. Not only feel inspired, but learn how Loose Parts support children's learning. Images and vivid stories bring to life the power of Loose Parts and learning.
Loose Parts 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers
This newest Loose Parts will show how our youngest learn through open-ended materials. From grasping, looking, and hearing to movement Loose Parts 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers will show how to appropriately assist young children in development. Learn about the safety considerations of each age group. The book also includes an introduction into schema learning and how loose parts support young children's schemas. A variety of new and innovative loose parts ideas are paired with beautiful photography to inspire safe loose parts learning in your infant-toddler environment.
AN ACCESSIBLE WAY TO UNDERSTAND EARLY LEARNING THEORIES
Go beyond reading about early learning theories and see what they look like in action in modern programs and teacher practices. With classroom vignettes and colorful photographs, this book makes the works of Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Lev Vygotsky, Abraham Maslow, John Dewey, Howard Gardner, and Louise Derman-Sparks visible, accessible, and easier to understand. Each theory is defined—through engaging stories and rich visuals—in relation to cognitive, social-emotional, and physical developmental domains. Use this book to build a stronger comprehension of the foundations of early learning theories and become more reflective and intentional in your work with young children.