As cries for more “academic preschools” and demands for “higher test scores” are growing there is also a strong counter movement developing. A group of early childhood educators who believe that play IS school readiness and lays a foundation that all other learning can be built on.
One of the most outspoken and knowledgeable advocates of this is Lisa Murphy (aka The Ooey Gooey Lady). Lisa’s standing-room-only seminars have become known for their information, humor, inspiration, and energetic delivery. All of these components are found in her newest book Lisa Murphy on Play 2nd Edition: The Foundation of Children’s Learning.
This relatable and inspiring narrative reminds teachers of The Seven Things to make time for every day: create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read, and play. Full of research, stories from classrooms, and affirmations that what you are doing is enough this book will challenge you to advocate for play in teaching and equips you with the tools to face competing factors that threaten play and joy in the preschool classroom experience.
We invite you to check out this excerpt from the new book and share your thoughts in the comments below.