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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET e Early Childhood Education / Professional Development Uncover strategies to address and overcome common challenges in group play skills. But some children face challenges when playing with others, and conflicts can erupt over sharing toys, taking turns, and feeling left out. Despite those moments, children want to play together. With your support and guidance, children can learn how to engage in productive play, resolve struggles, and enjoy group play. This workbook outlines strategies to create an engaging play environment, provides information to help you understand skill development, and suggests ways you can encourage children’s growth through rich play. It also explains common challenges children might have during group play—like being unengaged in dramatic play, having conflicts with each other, or playing aggressively—and offers approaches you can use to address them. Use this interactive workbook to thoughtfully respond to play challenges in a way that can open up opportunities for children. Sandra Heidemann has worked for more than 30 years to improve the quality of early care and education for children, serving as a trainer, director, teacher, and consultant. As classroom coordinator for Numbers Work!, she provides preschool teachers with educational strategies and encouragement. Deborah Hewitt has been serving the early childhood field for over 30 years. Her accomplishments range from working with children and families to designing systems to improve early childhood. Currently, she works for the Minnesota Department of Education as an early childhood education specialist and provides staffing to Minnesota Early Learning Council. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL “Teachers often wonder what to do when conflicts erupt during play, violent play themes emerge, or a child is left out. This book has the answers. The authors intersperse information with guided opportunities to reflect and self-evaluate.” —Sally Moomaw, EdD, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati and author of Teaching STEM in the Early Years e Play is essential for children’s development and as they learn life ISBN 978-1-60554-305-5 $12.95