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.
PART ONE A RESPONSIVE, RELATIONSHIP-BASED APPROACH 1
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
PART TWO OPPORTUNITIES FOR RELATIONSHIPS AND LEARNING
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
· Introduces students to how responsive relationships and the teacher's decisions are based on observation of each child (Ch.1, 5 & 6)
· Utilizes a three step approach to planning for children and in working with families - Respect, Reflect, and Relate.
o Respect – Using inquiring observation
o Reflect- Thinking about one’s own experience and the experience of others.
o Relate – Choosing a response that supports learning and the relationship
· A list of suggested "Books for Babies" in the Toddlers and Twos section of many chapters.
· Planning guides for the individual or group at the end of each age grouping.
· Each chapter has a short table giving examples of typical development within expected age ranges.
· "Inventory of Teacher Practices" encourage self-observation and reflection.
· Reflection, Application, and Resources section at the end of each chapter.