Let’s Play! Promoting Active Playgrounds will help you know the activities that children ages 3 to 8 typically play on the playground and assess the specific skills they need in order to take part in those activities. It will also help you identify 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.
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.
How to Use This Book and CD-ROM
Chapter 1. Understanding the Value of Play
What Can Adults Do to Help?
The Uniqueness of Each Child and Each Situation
Chapter 2. Understanding What Motivates Children to Participate on the Playground
Do I Want to Do This?
Can I Do This?
Am I Good Enough?
Chapter 4. Using the Playmap to Assess Participation
Interpreting the Results
Interpreting Observations of a Single Child
Chapter 5. Using the Playlist to Assess Skills
Step 1: Choose Activities to Assess
Step 2: Determine the Current Skill Repertoire
Step 3: Use Prompts to Determine Possible Skills
Step 4: Choose Skills to Teach
Chapter 6. Teaching Playground Skill
Direct Instruction Model
Using Prompts and Direct Instruction
Teaching Ball Skills
Chapter 7. Facilitating Effective Practice
Encouraging Self-Regulated Practice
Practicing Different Versions of the Same Skill
Practicing Different Skills Together
Chapter 8. Teaching in a Positive Climate
Competitive and Cooperative Activities
Chapter 9. Playing Games
Tag: A Universal Game
Games Using Tag Concepts
Teaching Tag Skills
About the Author
About the Illustrator
How to Use the CD-ROM
Reference for early childhood, daycare, classroom, physical education, and after-school teachers, as well as public school administrators. Reference for all playground leaders in physical education, recreation, and youth organizations. Also a supplementary text or reference for students in early childhood courses and for the International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association.
Jane Watkinson, PhD, is the dean of faculty of kinesiology and recreation management at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Before her role as dean, she was the associate dean academic from the faculty of physical education and recreation at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Alberta. Dr. Watkinson earned the McCalla Award from the University of Alberta and CAHPER Scholar Award during her career. In her free time, she enjoys playing squash, racquetball, and the piano.
About the Illustrator
Terry Watkinson earned the challenging BSc degree in medical illustration and went on to teach surgical illustration and perspective for the University of Toronto’s biomedical communications program. His illustrations are featured in many medical textbooks and journals. Terry is now an artist and illustrator living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where he creates a brilliant sense of light, depth, and emotion in his spectacular wilderness scenes and cityscapes.