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Published by Redleaf Press 10 Yorkton Court St. Paul, MN 55117 www.redleafpress.org © 2012 by Jeff A. Johnson and Denita Dinger All rights reserved. Unless otherwise noted on a specific page, no portion of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or capturing on any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in a critical article or review to be printed in a magazine or newspaper, or electronically transmitted on radio, television, or the Internet. First edition 2012 Cover design by Jim Handrigan Cover photograph courtesy of Heather Jones Interior design by Jim Handrigan Photographs on pages 30, 65, 178, and 194 by Jeff A. Johnson Photographs on pages 6, 9, 11, 33, 46, 53, 74, 76, 88, 142, 161, 167, 169, 170, 181, 183, 189, 190, 191, 193, 209, and 212 by Denita Dinger Photographs on pages xvi, 7, 18, and 197 by Brandi Seals Photographs on pages 13, 50, 67, 103, 152, and 197 by Lynn A. Manfredi/Petitt Photographs on pages by 24, 28, 98, 133, 176, 195, 197, 199, and 200 by Lisa Ditlefsen Photographs on pages 36, 42, 47, and 197 by Jennifer Brosnahan Photographs on pages 80 and 112 by Shelley Gagnon Photograph on page 63 (top) by Amanda Jones Photograph on page 63 (bottom) by Trisha David (www.trishadavidphotography.com) Photograph on page 82 by Heather Jones Typeset in Adobe Caslon Pro and Myriad Pro Printed in the United States of America 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Johnson, Jeff A., 1969-     Let them play : an early learning (un)curriculum / Jeff  A. Johnson and Denita Dinger.        p. cm.     Summary: “Playtime is focused, purposeful, and full of learning. This (un)curriculum is all about fostering children’s play, trusting children as capable and engaged learners, and leaving behind boxed curriculums and prescribed activities”— Provided by publisher.     Includes bibliographical references.     ISBN 978-1-60554-053-5 (pbk.)     1. Play—United States.  2. Early childhood education—United States. 3. Early childhood education—Curricula—United States.   I. Dinger, Denita. II. Title.   LB1139.35.P55J65 2012   372.210973—dc23                                                             2011041149 Printed on acid-free paper