Being with Babies: Understanding and Responding to the Infants in Your Care

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Being with Babies is a great resource for both beginning and experienced caregivers. Each chapter describes an issue that caregivers face daily, offers scenarios that illustrate the challenge, suggests solutions caregivers can use to address the issue, and concludes with a review of key points.

Being with Babies teaches caregivers how to handle everyday challenges while learning about developmental stages. This hands-on resource is perfect for caregivers of children 6 weeks to ...

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Overview

Being with Babies is a great resource for both beginning and experienced caregivers. Each chapter describes an issue that caregivers face daily, offers scenarios that illustrate the challenge, suggests solutions caregivers can use to address the issue, and concludes with a review of key points.

Being with Babies teaches caregivers how to handle everyday challenges while learning about developmental stages. This hands-on resource is perfect for caregivers of children 6 weeks to 18 months old, as well as for staff development and resource libraries.

Chapters include information on:

  • Developing relationships with babies
  • Using observation to understand babies
  • Communicating with babies
  • Selecting appropriate toys
  • Setting up safe and effective learning environments for babies

Following the Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) approach and philosophy, the authors of Being with Babies demonstrate that from the day of birth, infants are unique individuals with a capacity to participate in relationships and interact with the people and objects in their environment.

Practical and informative, Being with Babies fills an important need in the infant care field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876590621
  • Publisher: Gryphon House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,121,172
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverly A. Kovach, M.N. consults with Magda Gerber's Resources for Infant Educarers(RIE)center in Los Angeles as a mentor teacher and board member. She established the first RIE satellite training center in Melbourne, Florida. Beverly is a Montessori teacher trainer, a consultant trainer, and a regular presenter at both national and international conferences. Denise A. Da Ros-Voseles, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Northeastern State University. Denise began her career working with abused and neglected infants and toddlers. Today, she speaks at national and international conferences and publishes on topics ranging from creating caring environments to working with infants, toddlers, and pre-service teachers.
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Table of Contents

Letter from Beverly 7

Letter from Denise 8

Introduction 10

Ch. 1 A Challenge: Caring for Infants in a Child-Care Setting 11

Ch. 2 Authentic Caregiving 15

Ch. 3 Believing That Babies Are Capable 21

Ch. 4 Trial and Error: The Way Capable Babies Learn 26

Ch. 5 Primary Caregiving 31

Ch. 6 The Three Rs: Respectful, Responsive, and Reciprocal Caregiving 34

Ch. 7 Stop and Look: The Key to Observation 37

Ch. 8 Giving Time: The Art of Slowing Down 41

Ch. 9 Cues Are Clues 45

Ch. 10 What Do Babies Need? 50

Ch. 11 The Baby Is the Curriculum 56

Ch. 12 The Caregiver, an Important Part of the Curriculum 59

Ch. 13 PR for Infants: Supporting Predictable Routines 63

Ch. 14 Valuing and Respecting Babies 68

Ch. 15 Communicating with Babies 72

Ch. 16 Babies Communicate by Crying 76

Ch. 17 How Infants Interact with Each Other 81

Ch. 18 Quality Time with Infants 85

Ch. 19 Providing Just Enough Help to Babies 88

Ch. 20 Babies Learn by Struggling 93

Ch. 21 Discovering and Exploring: The Value of Play 98

Ch. 22 Diapering Is a Two-Way Street 103

Ch. 23 Eating: Food for Thought 110

Ch. 24 Rest Stop 117

Ch. 25 Learn to Move, Move to Learn 123

Ch. 26 Speak to Not at: Supporting Babies' Language Development 127

Ch. 27 Objects: Not too Many and Not too Few 131

Ch. 28 The Room Environment: The Place and the Space 138

Ch. 29 Watch Those Interruptions! 146

Ch. 30 Reflect Instead of Praise 151

Ch. 31 To Touch or Not to Touch: There Is No Question 155

Ch. 32 Quality Care 159

Ch. 33 Working Together with Families 163

Ch. 34 Questions Frequently Asked by Families 167

Ch. 35 Nurturing the Caregiver 171

Ch.36 Building Team Spirit 176

Reflections - Caregiving: A Journey 181

References and Resources 185

Appendix 187

Index 193

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