The Importance of Play - 4 Week Course

Importance of Play is a four week online course taught by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen.

September 7—October 2, 2015 Cost $30.00

To Register:

Playing is fun, but it is valuable as well. Play is often referred to as “the work of childhood.” In this course, we spend time seriously looking at play. This course is meant to reintroduce you to play; to increase your understanding of play in the context of the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read®; to highlight the important role played by parents, librarians, and developmental tips; to examine play, toys, and technology; and to give you some new ways to use library programs and early literacy spaces to foster positive play between parents and children.

This is an online course offered using the Moodle Platform. Week one of the course content will be made available on September 7, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. (but you do not need to be at a computer at that time.) You have a week to work on the course and submit assignments. The course officially ends on October 2, 2015.

By the end of the course participants will be able to: ◊ Recognize the different types of play, ◊ Understand age-appropriate play, ◊ Learn about the importance of play as proven by scientific studies, ◊ Discover the vital role that parents have in encouraging play in their children, ◊ Be aware of current issues surrounding play, ◊ Use library programs and early literacy spaces to foster positive play between parents and children, ◊ Include developmental tips to guide parents and caregivers, and ◊ Connect play with the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read®, an Initiative of the American Library Association.

This four-week course is offered at

This site requires a user name and password, which will be sent to you about two week prior to the course beginning. If you have not yet taken a Moodle course from the Library of Virginia you will be required to take a two session “Introduction to Moodle” course. “Introduction to Moodle” is free. The purpose is to make you familiar with Moodle and to ensure that all security glitches are taken care of before the course begins.

Cost of the course may be waived on an individual basis. Please contact Enid Costley ( for consideration. Required reading for the course is You Make the Difference in Helping Your Child Learn by Ayala Manolson. The book will be mailed to you at the address you provided when you registered. For more information about Moodle, please visit

This online course is fund by IMLS and offered by the Library of Virginia.

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