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Lisa Murphy on Play 2nd Edition: The Foundation of Children's Learning

Lisa Murphy on Play 2nd Edition: The Foundation of Children's Learning

Author: Lisa Murphy
Product Code: 544410
ISBN: 978-1-60554-441-0
Format: Softbound
Publisher: Redleaf Press®
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Children's play is school readiness

Discover why school readiness IS children’s play. This updated guide includes timely research and new stories that highlight how play is vital to the social, physical, cognitive, and spiritual development of children.

Learn the seven things we must do with children every day and why they are so important. Use your daily observations to incorporate these seven things in an authentic and engaging way.

  • Explore the how and why of the seven things we should do everyday: create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read, and play
  • Understand how to link concepts to the experiences children have
  • Focus on what each child is doing, not what they are not doing
  • Become aware of challenges you might face and how to work through them

Play builds the foundation that later learning will be built on. So let’s make it a strong one.

192 pages
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by Shirley Rempel
on 8/13/2016
Where do you begin to review of a book that has completely and utterly changed the way you do your job? That has completely and utterly changed your entire philosophy of teaching and dealing with children and families? That is exactly how I feel about the book, Lisa Murphy on Play.

Lisa Murphy (otherwise known as The Ooey Gooey Lady) has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for many years, and it is very obvious that she is passionate about her work and children. Lisa Murphy on Play is the second edition of the book, with updated statistics, information and more wonderful stories that Lisa is so amazing at telling. 

When a book has so many highlighted and underlined points, as well as allows me to use an entire package of post it notes to mark "Aha" points, you know its a life-changing and impacting book. Seriously, that is what my copy looks like. And it is a book that EVERY SINGLE person who works in early childhood education NEEDS TO and MUST read. Seriously, it also should be required reading for all freshman ECE programs. 

Lisa is of the believe play is the foundation of all learning in children's lives and she is right. Throughout the first 50 pages of the book, Lisa looks at play and how it impacts children. Then in the second part of the book she unfolds what she calls, The Seven Things. These are as follows:

1. Make Time Each Day To...CREATE
2. Make Time Each Day To...MOVE
3. Make Time Each Day To...SING
4. Make Time Each Day To...DISCUSS
5. Make Time Each Day To...OBSERVE
6. Make Time Each Day To...READ
7. Make Time Each Day To...PLAY

This is a not a check list as Lisa states in the final pages of the book. Its not a way to make us feel guilty for not doing and we don't have to go changing out programs just because Lisa says so.  If we are running developmentally appropriate programs, we are already doing these things.  If not, this book is a way to encourage to build a quality play based program for children to thrive. The book is to be a way to look at how important play is and how we NEED to let children relish in play and learn along the way without stress of kinder prep and society's ideas of what they should be learning. Finally in the last part of the book, Lisa walks us through the challenges that we often face with regards to making time for creating, moving, singing, discuss, observing, reading and playing each day, and gives ideas of how to overcome these challenges. 

With each chapter, Lisa has a review of the key points of the chapter, a section called "Something To Think About" (questions to ask yourself about how you are doing each of the seven things) and finally a section called "Notable and Quotables", which she shares quotes related to each chapter. This has been invaluable to me as I think on my career with children and where I was and where I am heading now 18 years in. I was a "laminating lady" (you need to read the book or see Lisa live in person to understand that term) and obsessed with theme planning, and not looking at the true value of play and working with what the children want. This was an eye opening read, so empowering and I am so glad to call Lisa Murphy one of the biggest influences in my career as an early childhood educator and family child care provider. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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Review: The Education Shelf: CA Bookwatch - June 21, 2016
Lisa Murphy on Play: The Foundation of Children's Learning comes from a 'play advocate' and early childhood education expert who has a clear understanding of the importance and role of play in the early education process, and who provides a fun primer directed to adults (teachers and parents alike) who want to incorporate more learning opportunities through play experiences. Chapters reduce this concept to seven basic routines that can easily be done with children on a daily basis, teaching how to make these seven methods a part of daily activities and how to connect them to basic concepts kids will learn from. From making time to move and grow to cultivating creativity and a sense of touch, this is a solid guide any adult can easily use with all children.
Review by: Tamar Jacobson, Author - January 19, 2016
Lisa Murphy says it exactly as it needs to be said. Play is the foundation. She says it with humor even as she backs it up with eons of research. But most importantly she shares the fire in her belly with us infusing us with her enormous passion and dedication to doing what’s best for children. I intend to have a copy of this book with me always—so that I can hand it out to people who need to read it for whatever reason!
Review by: Jeff Johnson, Author - January 19, 2016
Make time on your schedule. Lisa Murphy On Play is not only a book you need to buy, it's a book you need to read.

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