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Let's Play! Promoting Active Playgrounds

Kids love recess and playground time. But some kids have not developed the skills they need to take part in physical activities on the playground, and those kids are often left standing alone on the side, watching others play. The children are left inactive and isolated, which can lead to long-lasting negative effects on their self-esteem.Let's Play! Promoting Active Playgrounds will help you make sure that no kids are left on the sidelines watching and waiting for the bell or for a parent to pick them up. Not all kids automatically have, or learn, the skills they need to be active and have fun on the playground. But through Let's Play! , you can ensure that every child under your care has a repertoire of movement skills to be active on the playground.This book will help you * know the activities that children ages 3 to 8 typically play on the playground, * assess the specific skills they need to take part in those activities, * recognize kids who are left out of the activities or choose to withdraw from them, and * help those kids to acquire the skills they need to be part of the playground action. Let's Play! offers simple tips for teaching playground skills and games. It includes an assessment protocol that uses kids' own reports of their activity-something they find fun because of the illustrations and you'll find useful because of what you learn about their preferences and achievements. This is the first book to provide such an assessment protocol of gross motor play on the playground; with it, you can screen 30 kids in 30 minutes.In addition, Let's Play! offers a CD-ROM bound in the book, which includes 30 illustrated forms that you can print to put this practical children's play development system into action immediately.Let's Play! will help you make a difference in children's lives. Through this book and CD-ROM package, you can assume a vital role in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to participate in playground activities. Children spend less time being active at home, so Let's Play! will help kids increase their physical activity and reduce their likelihood of obesity. This resource will also help kids make friends on the playground and become active in the social groups that form during unstructured free time.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Benefits of Free Play; Chapter 2. Encouraging Participation; Chapter 3. Assessing Playground Skills; Chapter 4. Screening with the Playlist; Chapter 5. Targeting Skills for Improvement; Chapter 6. Teaching Playground Skills; Chapter 7. Applying Practice Principles; Chapter 8. Establishing a Positive Motivational Climate; Chapter 9. Teaching a Critical Game: Tag; Chapter 10. Fostering Inclusive Play.

About the Author

Dr. Watkinson PhD, MA, BPE, BA held administrative positions as Associate Dean Academic, Associate Dean Research, and Chair in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta from 1988-2007. Dr. Watkinson's research focuses on the participation of children in playful physical activity, especially those with disability or movement difficulty. With an overall goal of understanding the factors that contribute to the inclusion of all children in opportunities for physical play, her research programme has explored the role of movement competence, perceptions of self and perceptions of the activity 'climate' in children's decisions to participate on the playground. Most recently, Dr. Watkinson and her students have developed protocols for the identification of children who are not taking part in recess activity and for the subsequent assessment of playground movement competence.

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