"I have a large collection of books about early childhood learning and play, but this has long been my go-to whenever I’ve needed a refresher on just about any aspect of our work, from patterns of play and loose parts to tips and ideas for creating your own play-based wonderland.
...Pennie blends deep philosophy, psychology, and science with nuts-and-bolts advice making this an essential addition to the libraries of new teachers and seasoned veterans alike."
"Teacher Tom" Hobson
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The Sacred Urge to Play
Unfolding your child's intelligence, imagination, creativity and joy for life
NZ $39.95 plus postage
A guide book to play for parents and teachers of young children from 0-7
Within the pages of this book you’ll find all you need to make play central in the lives of your own children and/or in the lives of the children you teach.
Neuroscientists have isolated three pivotal factors for “a complex brain to create itself” during the first seven years of life. The first factor is emotional nurture, that warm, empathetic relationship that grows into trust in human beings. Along with emotional nurture goes conversation; the child and adult enjoy each other’s company, they enjoy talking together. The third factor is play and lots of it.
The living and learning that happen through play offers each child their best chance for health, happiness, and success in education and living - both now and in the future. There is no hurry for ‘school’ learning. Study after study shows that leaving formal cognitively-based learning until after the brain has laid down the foundations required for abstract learning gives our children a ‘head’ start.
Soft cover, 192 pages, 210mm X 163mm. ISBN 978-0-473-37117-3
Published by Good Egg Books, Thames, New Zealand