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Endless Opportunities for Infant and Toddler Curriculum: A Relationship-Based Approach, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Sandra H. Petersen, Donna S. Wittmer

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Aug 28, 2012

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For courses in Infant and Toddler Curriculum in Early Childhood Education or Family and Child Studies Departments.


Planning relationship-based curriculum centered on individual child observations.


This practical book’s approach promotes the notion that adult observation and reflective responses to infants’ and toddlers’ endless learning opportunities as they occur throughout the day is the real root of “curriculum” for this age group. It uses a unique yet universally accepted three-step approach (observe, reflect, respond) to thinking about and caring for young children. Emphasizing a relationship-based approach and reflecting on the child's individuality (including his culture), the authors connect theory and research to contemporary care and educational practices.  This text, unlike the authors’ other comprehensive development and program planning text, has a focus on practice, while also explaining key concepts and integrating brief references to theory.  It helps adults working with infants and toddlers make great use of the world's endless opportunities for learning and relationship building. 

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Relationships as the Basis for Curriculum

Chapter 2 Opportunities for Engaging Families

Chapter 3 Responsive, Safe, and Healthy Caregiving Routines

Chapter 4 A Responsive, Relationship-Based Environment

Chapter 5 Endless Opportunities for Guidance and Relationship Realignments

Chapter 6 Using Observation and Documentation for Responsive Planning and Ongoing Assessment



Chapter 7 Opportunities for Attachment and Emotional Development and Learning

Chapter 8 Opportunities for Social Development and Learning with Peers

Chapter 9 Opportunities for Learning and Thinking

Chapter 10 Opportunities for Language, Literacy, and Music Development

Chapter 11 Opportunities for Movement and Motor Development and Learning

Chapter 12 Opportunities for Fine Motor Development and Learning

Chapter 13 Opportunities for Creative, Symbolic/Dramatic Play, and Sensory Development and Learning

Chapter 14 Opportunities for Learning About the Outdoors

Appendix A Planning Guides

Appendix B Inventory of Teacher Practices



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$22.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-261311-8