Written in a warm, engaging style, this text embraces the emergent approach to fostering cognitive skills in children from birth through age five.
It provides a complete developmental approach to early childhood education, giving teachers the specific skills they need to teach the whole child-emotionally, socially, physically, creatively and cognitively.
The author believes that physical and emotional health are fundamental to the well-being of children and provides practical methods and materials that address the entire individual, not just curriculum topics.
A strength of the book is while it focuses on the five developmental "selves" of children, it places them in the context of contemporary family life and the multicultural world of today. - Thoroughly updated with current research and expanded topics - Over 100 new citations and references, updated statistics, and new or expanded topics. Provides a truly current perspective on the field of early childhood education with new discussions on advocacy, child abuse and neglect, outdoor play, multiple intelligences, asthma, and many more - Increased coverage of Diversity - Incorporates content on infant and toddler education and care throughout. - Material on the Reggio Emilia approach - Offered throughout the text wherever its strategies are appropriate and effective - Three types of review questions featured in each chapter - 1) Content - related, 2) Integrative, and 3) Diversity - Annotated updated references at the end of each chapter includes Pick of the Litter features to denote citations that are particularly interesting. - Hundreds of references classified by type in one of the most extensive bibliographies of any text in the field.