Publication Date: November 25, 2005
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
Play is the most effective way for children to develop critical life skills such as creative thinking and social problem solving. In this book, Betty Jones, well-known for her work on play, is joined by her colleague Renatta Cooper to offer a radical vision of early schooling—an antidote for the current pressure of standardized education.
Practicing what it preaches, Playing to Get Smart will be a playful reading experience for teachers and parents alike. With jokes, riddles, and stories sprinkled throughout, the authors show how important play is for children of all ethnic and socioeconomic groups, from birth to age 8.
A provocative challenge to teachers and parents of young children, Playing to Get Smart:
Elizabeth Jones is a member of the faculty in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School in Pasadena, California. Her books include The Play’s the Thing and Master Players. Renatta M. Cooper is the Education Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Office of Child Care, and a Commissioner for First 5 LA.
“This book offers new ways of looking at what it means to be smart and how to get there. Innovative, creative, useful, there’s a huge amount of wisdom between these covers! I loved this book.”
Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Professor Emerita, Napa Valley College
“Exuding faith in children as natural learners, Jones and Cooper take us on a unique and unusually provocative journey through a time-honored topic. Never have I been more stimulated, nor had more fun reading about play.”
Carol Brunson Day, President, Brunson, Phillips & Day