Your Child at Play

Your Child at Play

Five to Eight Years : Building Friendships, Expanding Interests, and Resolving Conflicts

Book - 2000
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Norton Pub
Brand new to the successful "Your Child at Play" series (over 200,000 sold of the first four volumes), this fifth volume is the first book focusing on how play fosters the development of five- to eight-year-olds at home and at school, with more than 100 photos. Based on extensive research with parents, their children, and teachers, respectful of cultural differences, and written in a jargon-free, parent-friendly style, this generously illustrated book is packed with learning activities, games, poems, and recipes, as well as anecdotes and advice. Divided into eight chapters, readers follow a group of children through play and learning settings, see how they look at the world, and what activities they enjoy with family and friends. Each chapter ends with a "Questions and Answers" section and a collection of "Play Ideas." A unique and delightful book for parents, teachers and caregivers, "Your Child at Play: Five to Eight Years" makes an invaluable contribution to the child care/parenting field.


Packed with learning activities, games, poems, and recipes, as well as anecdotes and advice, the eight sections focus on:

  • Individual Differences and Common Threads (distinguishing between real and pretend; concern with fairness; self-awareness)
  • The Questions Children Ask (the physical world; the natural world; the social world)
  • Friends (best friends; controversies and conflicts; sibling play)
  • Active Play (contact and cuddling; physical feats; sports)
  • Creative Play (music; art; crafts; storytelling and jokes)
  • Pretend Play (actor play and dressing up; imaginary playmates; reemergence of pretending)
  • School Play (reading; writing; arithmetic; collecting facts; science)
  • Family (attachment and separation; family continuity; traditions)

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Addressing the ways that children ages five to eight years old learn and grow through play, Segal, founder of the Nova Family and School Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Bardige, chair of an early childhood foundation, introduce topics such as how children approach the natural world; friendships; creative, active, and school related play; and family. Throughout, they provide activities, games, and recipes that can enhance a child's play experiences. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Newmarket Press, c2000
ISBN: 9781557044013
Branch Call Number: 649.1 SEG
Characteristics: xii, 242 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bardige, Betty Lynn Segal


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