Domain 2: PLAY

Session 3: Authentic and Purposeful Play

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Books about Play:
Book List from 2013-14 - Family Feasts and Foods

- The Big Green Pocketbook by Candice F. Ransom
- The Trucks Are Stuck by Judy Sierra
- Shadow by Suzy Lee
- Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins
- Alice the Fairy by David Shannon
- Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
- Christina Katerina and the Box by Patricia Lee Gauch

Resources on Teaching Play:

- Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs by Susan R. Sandall, Ilene S. Schwartz and Gail E. Joseph (2008)
- Achieving Learning Goals Through Play Teaching Young Children with Special Needs, 2nd edition by Anne H. Widerstrom (Brookes Publishing, 2005)
- Play the Pathway from Theory to Practice by Sandra Heidemann and Deborah Hewitt (Redleaf Press, 2010)
- Spotlight on Young Children and Play edited by Derry Koralek (NAEYC, 2004)
Gaye Gronlund author of multiple resource books
- Preschool Weekly Planning and Reflection Form by Gronlund

Play Checklist (from Play the Pathway to from Theory to Practice by S. Heidemann & D. Hewitt, 2010)

Play Planning Form (from Play the Pathway to from Theory to Practice by S. Heidemann & D. Hewitt, 2010)

Prop Box Resources

Millcreek Metro Parks - Ford Nature Center
Teacher education prop boxes available to borrow

ODNR Department of Wildlife
Teacher kits to borrow
Environmental resources - curricula, guide books and other print materials

Youngstown Public Libraries
Baby Brilliant Kits for Pre-K
Librarians will pull books on a specific topic.

Prop Stories and other resources:

The Trucks are Stuck by Judy Sierra
Ship Ahoy by Peter Sis

Dramatic Play Print Props

Scripted Social Story Tips

The Dreaded Stairs Video:

Elizabeth Jarman Research Project: Stonework Inspiring Storytelling

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"Three Easy Steps to a Print-Rich House Corner" by Kathy Roskos (Children and Families, Spring 2001)

"Constructive Play: A Value-Added Strategy for Meeting Early Learning Standards" by Walter F. Drew, James Christie, James E. Johnson, Alice M. Meckley, and Marcia L. Nell (Young Children, July 2008)

"Playing to Get Smart" by Elizabeth Jones (Spotlight on Young Children and Play, 2004)

"Thanks for the Memories: The Lasting Value of Tru Play" by David Elkind (Spotlight on Young Children and Play, 2004)
- pp.36-41

"Seeing is Believing: Visible Thought in Dramatic Play" by Beth Hatcher and Karen Petty (Young Children, November 2004)

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