LEWISVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gryphon House, Inc. announces Planning for Play, a guide to preschool-learning strategies that emphasizes the developmental importance of play. This resource provides educators with materials to create and support play experiences that encourage readiness skills and social-emotional development.
Kristen Kemple, PhD, brings early childhood educators a resource to better understand the different types of play and the rich learning opportunities they offer. Her book details how educators can carefully plan playtime and design environments for valuable pre-K play experiences to increase children’s cognitive and skill development.
“The current climate of push-down academics, mounting parental expectations, and pressures on early childhood teachers to prepare young children for the rigors of kindergarten completely disregards the simple fact that children learn best through play,” said Kemple. “I created these strategies to expose the truth of play and how it provides rich opportunities for cognitive and socio-emotional development in young children.”
ISBN 978-0-87659-716-3; 184 pp.; PB and e-book; $14.95.
About the Author
Kristen M. Kemple, PhD, is a professor of early childhood studies at the University of Florida. She serves on the consulting editors board for NAEYC and is an active presenter at major national conferences. She previously worked as a teacher in Head Start, as well as in a variety of other early childhood programs. She has been an early childhood teacher educator for 30 years and has been fascinated by play since she was an infant. She is a founding faculty member of the Unified Early Childhood ProTeach Program at the University of Florida, begun in 1992 as one of the first cross-departmental inclusive teacher-education programs in the United States. She is the author of a wide variety of publications on early childhood development and education. Her current scholarship is focused on play, creativity, and social-emotional learning in early childhood.
About Gryphon House, Inc.
Gryphon House, Inc., is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Filled with developmentally appropriate and easy-to-use strategies, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children.