The toddler stage of development is full of big emotions, lots of activity, and strong opinions. Working with children of this age can be challenging for caregivers. The Emotional Life of the Toddler, written by Dr. Alicia Lieberman, provides insight into development, temperament, and challenging behaviors. You will find the information in this book valuable if you are a toddler educator, have toddlers in your program, or if you are the parent of a toddler.
The Elephant in the Playroom is a series of short essays written by parents of children with special needs. The stories help us to better empathize with the challenges that come with raising a child with special needs. If you work in an inclusive classroom, this book is an important read to create deeper, more understanding relationships with parents of the children in your care.
Are you looking for new ideas to engage young children; or struggling to come up with fresh, new art projects that inspire curiosity and creativity? Play, Make, Create: A Process Art Handbook is a fantastic resource book for any educator or child care provider. The book includes activities and invitations for children to create and an in-depth guide for facilitators that shares how to set up materials in an inviting way.
A growing body of research about the importance of young children spending time outside is encouraging early learning professionals to carefully consider outdoor curriculum. Time spent outside should offer rich learning experiences that complement academics studied indoors. To help create these experiences, experts have written books that explore the benefits of outdoor learning and help guide educators in moving their curriculum outdoors.
A recent focus on mindfulness and meditative practices have shed light on the important connection between body and mind. Education researchers have explored further, to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between physical activity and the learning process. A book that is at the forefront of these conversations is Carla Hannaford’s Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not all in Your Head, exploring research in neuroscience, education, and child development to understand how we learn and how movement can help us tap into our full potential.
Are you struggling to find ways to effectively communicate and connect with families? Janis Keyser’s book, From Parents to Partners, is an excellent resource that provides quick and helpful tools to help you successfully connect with parents and families.
As early childhood professionals, we recognize that the care and guidance we provide to children today helps construct the foundation for their success as adults. This is vital work and can cause us to ask ourselves important questions: How will the lessons that we teach and the opportunities that we provide affect them later in life? Are we setting children up for success? The Formula, by Harvard economist Ronald Ferguson, along with award-winning journalist Tatsha Robertson, is a new book that might help answer some of these questions.
Do you wonder how to inspire children’s creative thinking? Are you looking for ways to set up a classroom environment that supports curiosity and imaginative tinkering? If so, Rachelle Doorley’s Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors is a fantastic book to add to your resource library. The book includes inspiration for experiments that will encourage children in your care to build, create, explore, and discover.
This book delves into topics such as tantrums, testing boundaries, and punishment to explore how we can respond to children with patience and understanding to to ensure that they feel heard and loved.