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Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play: Teaching with the Body in Mind

Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play: Teaching with the Body in Mind

Author: Mike Huber
Product Code: 544687
ISBN: 978-1-60554-468-7
Publisher: Redleaf Press®
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Physical play is vital to young children's development


This practical, hands-on resource encourages you to incorporate boisterous physical play into every day and offers concrete advice on how to:
  • Create spaces for safe play
  • Effectively work big body movement into children's daily schedule
  • Use physical play to make teaching practice more dynamic and effective


Learn about the importance of big body play for social and emotional development thorughout life and how to communicate about safe and intentional rough-and-tumble play with chldren and families.

Age focus: 0–8.

Softbound, 240 pgs.

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Review: California Bookwatch: The Education Shelf - February 19, 2017
"Early childhood educators interested in books about physical play and interactions will find Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play of special interest because it provides a step-by-step guide to encouraging safe physical interactions and movements based on boisterous activities. There are many early childhood books about play, but this book's focus on active engagement processes is directed to teachers and parents who would encourage rough-and-tumble activities. From visually tracking thrown objects to establishing rules to guidelines, this is an excellent survey highly recommended for any adult interested in physical activities for early education."
Review: Midwest Book Review, The Education Shelf - December 12, 2016
"Physical play is vital to young children's development. Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play: Teaching with the Body in Mind by Mike Huber is practical, hands-on resource encourages teachers to incorporate boisterous physical play into children's every day activities and offers concrete advice on how to create spaces for safe play, how to effectively work big body movement into children's daily schedule, and how to use physical play to make teaching practice more dynamic and effective . . . Very highly recommended for college and university Teacher Education collections."
Review by: Betsy Evans, HighScope Senior Consultant - August 1, 2016
In this must-read book for all those who have young children in their lives, Mike uses an authentic voice that will resonate with those who reflect honestly on their teaching/parenting practice. He communicates his passion and his concerns for children in such an appealing way, and is equally supportive of girls' and boys' need for rough and tumble play. Teachers and parents may think they understand this topic, but Mike brings out aspects of this play that take the reader way beyond 'the children are getting their energy out.' Mike describes not just the fun of children tumbling about, but shows us all the ways that young bodies need to move and why.
Review by: Gerin Martin, Campbell County Schools - July 20, 2016
If you love teaching young children, you will love this book! Mr. Huber gives us the exciting opportunity to see play from the child's perspective. Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play is full of tools to help teachers take risks in their teaching; necessary for supporting children in building the relationship between their minds and bodies in boisterous ways.
Review by: Tom Bedard - July 20, 2016
Mike takes a courageous stance in his book Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play. Not only does he make a case for the necessity of rough-and-tumble play—"You need to let them play rough if you want them to fight less"—but he contends children learn best when there is constant movement throughout the day in all parts of the classroom. Mike offers many insights on how to make that happen. Through research and numerous discussions with parents and other professionals on this subject, Mike is able to clearly explain his transformation from a teacher who constantly tried to keep a lid on boisterous activity to a teacher who values its many benefits. The question is: Are you courageous enough to read it?
Review by: Frances Carlson, Chattahoochee Technical College - July 13, 2016
Mike Huber has taken my book Big Body Play and expanded it with a plethora of ideas and suggestions for how to best incorporate this valuable and undervalued play style. His book will become a staple in both new and veteran teachers' resource collection. Thank you, Mike!
Review by: Rae Pica - July 6, 2016
Mike is so right when he states that "mistrust of movement" has resulted in policies and practices that are contrary to the needs of young children. Mike's book will help teachers and parents feel more comfortable with the physical nature of the children in their care and guide them in encouraging kids to do what comes naturally to them.


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