In the second edition of the highly successful resource Play Matters, author Kathy Walker demonstrates the key principles of the 'Walker Learning Approach'/Australian Developmental Curriculum that she has developed over 15 years of observation, participation, and presentation in schools and child care centers across Australia.
Play Matters continues to provide practical guidance and innovative strategies for teachers working with young children, from Preschool to Grade 2, through a unique balance of explicit instruction in literacy and numeracy skills and personalized, explorative learning.
The book promotes the active engagement of all young children, with an enhanced focus on children from diverse backgrounds, as well as children with specific needs.
Play Matters is replete with pedagogical features to support implementation in any educational setting. It contains a full color section of photographs, and an updated CD-ROM with template documents for planning, assessment, and reporting activities. Organizational ideas and resources are provided, along with a comprehensive bibliography for further reference and advice.