Offering a curriculum focus, this is one of the most accessible introductory early childhood texts. It’s an engaging introduction to practical developmentally appropriate practice.
Teaching Young Children is organized around five essential elements of early education—understanding child development, play, guidance, working with families and communities, and diversity. These elements are clearly identified and explored in the prose, through boxed features in every chapter, and in one chapter devoted to each essential element. The book also presents many concrete applications strategies so that you’ll know exactly what to do, including what traits and behaviors to observe and factors to consider and reflect upon in order to insure that you have a firm grasp on each child’s interest and abilities—essential to planning learning activities.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Overview of the Profession
Chapter 2: Historical Contexts
Chapter 3: Early Childhood Program Models
Chapter 4: Understanding How a Child Develops and Learns
Chapter 5: Play in Childhood
Chapter 6: Guiding Young Children
Chapter 7: Working with Families and Communities
Chapter 8: Diversity and Young Children
Chapter 9: Planning the Physical Environment: Indoors
Chapter 10: Planning the Physical Environment: Outdoors
Chapter 11: Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
Chapter 12: Health and Wellness
Chapter 13: Supporting Emotional and Social Development
Chapter 14: Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Learning
Chapter 15: Language and Literacy Learning
Chapter 16: The Creative Arts
Chapter 17: Technology and Young Children
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We recommend Teaching Young Children: An Introduction, 6th Edition as a replacement.