An Integrated Play-Based Curriculum for Young Children, Second Edition explores how to integrate play across the curriculum, helping teachers develop their early childhood curriculum using developmentally and culturally appropriate practice. Distinguished author Olivia N. Saracho offers a theoretical framework for understanding the origins of an early childhood play-based curriculum and illuminates how young children learn and understand concepts in a social and physical environment. This second edition has been fully updated throughout and its comprehensive coverage has been expanded with entirely new sections on technology and social media, cultural differences in play, and teaching English language learners and students with disabilities. Packed with vignettes, activities, and practical examples, this text is essential reading for pre-service teachers seeking appropriate theoretical practices for designing and implementing a play-based curriculum.
Table of Contents
Section I: Play in the Context of Early Education 1. Introduction: Play and Teaching in Early Childhood Education 2. Learning Through Play Section II: Theoretical Perspectives 3. Developmental Theories of Play 4. Historical Perceptions of Play Section III: Educational Foundations 5. Early Childhood Curriculum and Educational Play 6. Play Experiences of Children with Diverse Needs Section IV: Educational Perspectives 7. Social Studies— Play Learning Experiences 8. Language—Play Learning Experiences 9. Literature—Play Learning Experiences 10. Literacy—Play Learning Experiences 11. Science—Play Learning Experiences 12. Mathematics—Play Learning Experiences 13. Music and Movement—Play Learning Experiences 14. Art—Play Learning Experiences 15. Block—Play Learning Experiences 16. Technology and Interactive Media— Play Learning Experiences
Olivia N. Saracho is Professor at the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership of the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. She has published extensively in the field of early childhood education.