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Big Body Play: Why Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play Is Essential to Children's Development and Learning

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“Big body play”—the sometimes rowdy, always very physical running, rolling, climbing, tagging, jumping, grabbing, and wrestling that most children love and many adults try to shut down—can and should be an integral part of every early childhood setting. Drawing from evidence-based practice and the latest research, this book explains the multitude of benefits of big body ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by National Association for the Education of Young Children
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Suzuki
Feb 16, 2015 Suzuki rated it liked it
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After seeing this reviewed by NAEYC I want to read this. She is also author of "Essential Touch: Meeting the needs of Young Children"

Since I am also a music educator this responce to Frances Q & A on http://www.naeyc.org/event/big-body-play We can use music to give chidren safe ways to regulate their Big Body Play safely and still get the most out of it.

As an educator with a specialization in Early Childhood and now a private music teacher I am interested in finding ways to implement this ve
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Jane
Feb 18, 2016 Jane rated it it was amazing
Big Body Play supports my observations as an early childhood professional for over forty years. Children need to move, to go outdoors and get fresh air and learn to use the big muscles in their bodies. Research now shows that cognitive learning increases when children are given time to play using the large muscles in their bodies.

Big Body Play gives insight into research and how to keep children safe and still let them have the opportunities to climb, roll, run, walk and crawl daily to help them
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Bea
This is an excellent look at what big body play is and is not, why it's necessary and not just for physical development, and how to safely and appropriately incorporate it into your classroom curriculum. It also offers advice on how it can meet state standards for curriculum, how to approach co-workers and parents who have concerns about big body play, and some suggestions on activities. My only grumble was that I would have liked more information on big body play and different cultures; it ...more
Betsy
Feb 05, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
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Explains the importance of big play - running, jumping, roughhousing, etc. - which helps kids to learn their limits, solve problems, and learn to read social cues. And how to encourage it safely. Covers how to tell when big play crosses from play into the hurtful play and when to intervene. This is a small text-book and the chapters tend to get a bit repetitve. Yet a quick read.
AndreaD'A
Oct 24, 2012 AndreaD'A rated it really liked it
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Easy to read and enjoyable. I learned a lot! I did not know why physical play was so important until this book.
Frances Carlson
Jul 06, 2011 Frances Carlson rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I wrote it, so of course I think it's marvelous :)
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