Discovering the Educational Benefits of Finger Plays

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Educator Dr. Carole D. Hillman releases new book, Finger Plays for Optimum Brain Development

In 2004 Amy Wallace and Larisa Mishina presented their thesis, "Relations between the Use of Puppetry in the Classroom, Student Attention and Student Involvement." The thesis highlighted the benefits of puppetry in the classroom, including such benefits as increased attention span and higher retention of information. Since then, very little has been researched on puppetry in terms of educational implementation, best practices and overall effectiveness. Very little, that is, until now.

In her pioneering new book Finger Plays For Optimum Brain Development In The Young Child (published by AuthorHouse), Dr. Carole D. Hillman distills her 30+ years as an educator into a resource guide chock-full of practical, well-researched activities and practices for the at-home or at-school teacher.

Encouraged by David Sousa’s How the Brain Learns, Hillman researched the age-old arts of storytelling and puppetry and their effect on learners when implemented into early childhood education.

In Finger Plays For Optimum Brain Development In The Young Child, Hillman shows how by using finger plays teachers can provide young learners with opportunities to strengthen their motor and language development, as well as positive self-esteem and memory development.

“In addition to providing assistance for learners in areas of perceptual motor development, finger plays may also be used as a direct teaching tool involving behavioral as well as academic development,” says Hillman. “Instead of asking learners to be quiet when getting ready for an activity the teacher or parent may, instead, utilize a creative finger play to gain attention. These transitions help keep the learners focused upon the expected task and directed away from other extraneous activities.”

Finger Plays For Optimum Brain Development In The Young Child is now available at major booksellers.

About the Author
Dr. Carole D. Hillman is a recently retired Professor Emeriti of Elmhurst College. She received her M.Ed. from the University of Illinois and both her doctorate and post doctorates from Northern Illinois University.

Hillman began her work teaching second grade and has taught classes in early childhood education as well as advanced levels. Many of her writings have involved a blending of subjects and a variety of hands-on activities and programs for the early learner. In addition she has written articles, materials, texts and programs for learners at various levels of development. She also developed a variety of materials making use of state standards for The Chicago Tribune, which teachers could utilize as they taught children.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse will celebrate 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.


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