A socially co-constructed conceptualization of play begins the construction of the conditions that foster play. Here are the guidelines for teachers, the attributes of a healthy environment, and the stages that play goes through, so people can tell when children are playing or not.
The Mathematics and Design pages step the reader through three essentials: awesome materials, individual choice, and a community of friends. When I learned to structure opportunities for young children with design and mathematics as a whole idea, I saw all children think of themselves as incredibly smart, enjoying their own cleverness in a community of tricky peers. Twelve pages offer detailed information on activities for free play and group time including videos of young children in action, including a video of a four-year-old demonstrating the skills and concepts of arithmetic acquired at this age. Mathematics and Design begins with an introductory activity to experience the deep ideas underlying how children learn mathematics.
These are guides for leading small group experiences with a focused intention to creating a planned, routine opportunity for each and every child to learn a new language, make their first friends, and find an adult outside of their family experience who listens and cares for them.
In one short document I summarize what I have learned to do with children as their leader and facilitator to structure the school environment so young children, 2-1/2 to 5, enjoy being fully alive in a community of friends.