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Outdoor Playscapes

By Lynn Wilson
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Soft Cover
ISBN-10: 017657381X
ISBN-13: 9780176573812
Publisher: Top Hat

Outdoor Playscapes takes a comprehensive look into all aspects of the field of outdoor play, beginning with historical foundations, through child development in outdoor environments, socio-political forces, outdoor space design, the role of educators, and ending with materials that can enhance outdoor play areas. This book is filled with stories of adventurers, visionaries, believers, and dreamers who all know the power of outdoor environments for young children. Their research, narratives, and models reinforce what we all know to be true—that we need to engage young children in the natural world where their mental, physical, and spiritual health can thrive. More than 300 colour photographs throughout this book beautifully illustrate the concepts presented and bring the subject to life.

Features

  • This book is filled with stories of adventurers, visionaries, believers, and dreamers who all know the power of outdoor environments for young children.
  • The final section of the book, Curriculum Experiences for Play Zones, includes more than 700 experiences for children.
  • The text contains more the 300 images of children in outdoor play environments.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on Outdoor Play
  • Chapter 2: Challenges to Outdoor Play
  • Chapter 3: Benefits of Outdoor Play
  • Chapter 4: Playscape Design
  • Chapter 5: Playscapes?A Zone Approach
  • Chapter 6: Greening Outdoor Playscapes
  • Chapter 7: The Role of the Educator
  • Chapter 8: Loose Parts and Materials
  • Appendix: Curriculum Experiences for Play Zones

Author Information

Lynn Wilson

Lynn Wilson was a well-respected faculty member at George Brown College. She has also previously taught in primary classrooms, including in a full-day kindergarten program in a child-care environment. She has visited childcare centres throughout western Canada as a director of a Child Care Initiatives Fund project for Health and Welfare Canada on extended-hour childcare. In cooperation with Ryerson University's School of Early Childhood Education, she delivered training workshops with colleagues to front-line teachers in Bosnia during the summers of 1999 and 2000. Wilson was the Technical advisor on a five-year partnership project in Early Childhood Education in Jamaica with the Association of Community Colleges—her work there continues with additional funding received in 2008. In 2006, Wilson won a National Teaching Excellence Award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.