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)
Marilyn Segal, Ph.D., the noted developmental psychologist, educator, and researcher specializing in early childhood, is the founder and dean emeritus of the Family and School Center at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The mother of five children and grandmother of thirteen, she has written nineteen books, including the Your Child at Play series and In Time and With Love. She also produced a nine-part, public-service TV series, To Reach a Child.
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