Playgroups: From 18 Months to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide for Parents

Beth Levine, Author, Sheila Wolper, Author Pocket Books $6.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-64397-3
Most parents probably think of a playgroup as informal and loosely structuredthe children play while the adults supervise and talk. Educator Wolper and freelance writer Levine acknowledge this type of laissez-faire arrangement (which fills ``the children's need for playmates and the parents' need for a steady source of support . . . and . . . friendship'') but also go way beyond. They discuss daily playgroups held in rented quarters with a professional group leader and offer advice on everything from determining parent compatibility to building a sandbox. After absorbing the abundant information presented, readers may feel ready to establish a preschool (as Wolper has in Manhattan) rather than just a playgroup. Despite its overwhelming detail, this work advances a sensible, realistic approach to playgroup issues, in addition to such general parenting problems as child-proofing the home and parent/child separation anxiety. The authors also provide a wealth of delightful art, music and play activities, and a helpful bibliography of books for both parents and children. Illustrations not seen by PW. (August)
Reviewed on: 08/05/1988
Release date: 08/01/1988
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