Nurtured Heart Play
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Play is vital to all humanity. It is the finest system of education known to man. –Neville Scarge
This wonderful book incorporates the nurtured heart approach, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and all based on the joy of play. Educators, youth program providers, therapists, and parents know that the very best way to teach and engage children is through play. This guidebook for facilitated play gives guidelines for over 30 games and activities that have been developed, time-tested and enjoyed over decades in author Howard Moody s play workshops. –The Omega Institiute
About the Author
Howard has also been a teacher and successful coach of numerous sports for many years and deeply understands the value of creating effective teams and how to achieve peak performance.
His initial interest in play started as an athlete but turned more toward alternative recreation when he took training’s with the New Games foundation, Project Adventure, and in Original Play and improvisational theater.
Howard has been (and is still currently) a core faculty member at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies for many years and he is also the co-founder of the Adventure Game Theater, an extraordinary improvisational learning process for teens that has been featured inMothering magazine and on PBS and NPR. Combining experiential learning with creativity, improvisational theater, play, community building, mythology and storytelling the Adventure Game Theater has brought magic into many young people’s lives. He is currently on the faculty of Retribe, a dynamic rites of passage program for teens that incorporates Adventure Game theater into its transformational programming.
Deepening connections among people is Howard’s passion and his mission is to help people be fully inspired,creative and playful in all that they do. Howard is a certified Advanced Trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach.
Howard Glasser is the founder of Children s Success Foundation and creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach, which is being used in hundreds of thousands of homes and classrooms around the world.
He is author of Transforming the Difficult Child, currently the top-selling book on the topic of ADHD; The Inner Wealth Initiative, one of the leading books on school interventions and his most recent book, YOU Are Oprah – Igniting the Fires of Greatness.
Four of his seven books are in the top 1% of all books on Amazon.com.
Howard has been a featured guest on CNN and a consultant for 48 Hours. His work is being successfully applied to programs with Meth addicts to the Military – from Marital Counseling to Mentoring programs – from Headstarts to High schools, from Treatment programs to Eldercare and from Fostercare programs to programs fostering inner wealth in infants and todlers.
He is extremely thrilled about indirectly being responsible for keeping more children off of psychiatric medications than perhaps any other living person – especially by way of so many schools adopting the Nurtured Heart Approach.
His wonderful daughter Alice has done the cover art for four of his books is now a painting student at Rhode Island School of Design.
Alice Glasser is an artist and graphic designer, and a certified Nurtured Heart Approach Advanced Trainer. She helps her father on various creative projects, editing and visually interpreting. She is currently living and working in New Zealand, supporting her church.
Melisa is a writer and editor who has co-authored multiple books on the Nurtured Heart Approach with Howard Glasser. She is a certified NHA trainer (since 2008), a youth program facilitator, yoga teacher, and parent and step-parent to a total of five amazing children ranging in age from 12 to 33.
Michael Gregware –
Play with healthy boundariesThis book teaches play with respect to healthy boundaries.
Maureen Callahan –
Great resourceGreat resource
Amazon Customer –
LOVEPlay is so important throughout life and this books has amazing activities, especially for my classroom.
Wonderful activities and guidance in “recreational activities” for all agesAlthough the book includes a number of wonderful of recreational/play activities, it is so much more. The book is infused with an inspired and inspiring approach to children, youth, and really anyone. The author well conveys the values and principles behind the “nurtured heart” approach, then shows how they apply in a range of situations. I have attended his multigenerational workshops and can vouch for the effectiveness and delightfulness of his approach. It has had a big influence on my own leading of activities. This book would be helpful to anyone who leads school or recreational activities for any age, in schools, clubs, elder care settings, and multigenerational groups, as well as to parents in general. I wish I had had it when my own children (now adults) were at home.
Brian Paul Allison –
Great Work/PlayThis is some great work being done by some very skilled and talented individuals. I have experienced the play-leadership skills of Howard Moody and can speak to his brilliance. Play on!
Revealing your children’s greatness to them during play‘Nurtured Heart Play’ has inspired me to be more playful and have more fun with my children while nurturing their hearts at the same time, so that they may become radiant in the knowledge of who they truly are and grow to nurture the hearts of others. I love that examples of our children’s specific greatness are suggested for each game (enthusiasm, kindness, co-operation, respectfulness, determination, patience…) I love that numerous examples of how to give recognitions and use ‘resets’ are provided at the end of each type of game. I love that there is a whole section for greatness games. Therefore, I have to accuse the authors of not only diving into A Pool of Greatness but revelling in their time in there. I can hear someone yelling ‘come out of that pool now, that’s long enough’ and the revellers submerge and hold their breath until the yeller has given up and walked away. I love the emphasis on recognising our children managing stress that arises during play. I love that play is brought back to fearlessness at the end of the book. What power we can give our children when they know their own greatness. Love it. Love it.