Making Links: A Collaborative Approach to Planning and Practice in Early Childhood Programs / Edition 1

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This book is about creating environments, interactions, and relationships that allow children (birth to age 5) in center-based and family child care programs to have authentic experiences that will promote their development and learning. To address planning and practice, the authors zero in on knowing and respecting the individual child, the group, and working in partnership with families. Rather than focusing on educational activities per se, the emphasis is on paying attention to the child's whole experience in the program. The authors examine what you need to know about children and their families, how to translate that information into plans and activities, and how to include parents in the process. The authors wrote this book to be a "collaborative encounter with readers."

Book Features: Ways to learn about each child in the context of the family's culture, goals, priorities, and dreams for their child. Attention to diversity, inclusion, and antibias throughout the text. Many questions and suggestions to encourage debate and dialogue. This is a practical resource that can be used by early care and education professionals, paraprofessionals, and family child care providers.

About the Author:
Janet Gonzalez-Mena is an early childhood consultant and writer, and professor emerita at Napa Valley College

About the Author:
Anne Stonehouse was associate professor of early childhood and director of the Centre for Early Childhood Research and Development at Monash University, Australia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807748435
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/23/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Teachers College Press Edition     v
Introduction     ix
A Perspective on Curriculum     1
What This Book Is About     2
Authentic Experiences     4
A Broad Approach to Planning     7
Parents and Children as Partners with Practitioners     12
A Positive Image of the Child     12
Discipline and Guidance     13
Diversity and Inclusion     14
Looking Forward     14
The Adults in Children's Experiences: Parents and Professionals in Collaboration     15
Diversity     16
The Nature of Parent-Professional Collaboration     19
Partnerships Are Different from Parent Involvement     21
Communication Is Central     22
The Nature of Communication     28
Communication Strategies     31
Conclusion     33
Looking Forward     33
Sources of Knowledge, Foundations for Practice     34
Professional Knowledge     34
The Child in the Context of the Family     40
Aims and Philosophy     43
Colleagues     44
The Community     45
Current Events     47
Geographical and Environmental Context     48
Yourself     48
Conclusion     49
Looking Forward     49
What's Worth Knowing About Each Child     50
Introduction to Our ABCs of Knowledge     51
Attachment     53
Body     56
Culture     60
Development     64
Empowerment     67
Fears     70
Group Behavior     74
Home     78
Interactions     83
Judgment     89
Knowledge     93
Learning Styles     96
Major Life Events     98
Needs     101
Outstanding Qualities     105
Play     107
Questions     111
Relationships     113
Special Issues     116
Temperament     121
Understandings     125
Voice     129
Will     132
Xploration     136
Yearnings     138
Zones of Proximal Development     141
Looking Forward     144
Gathering Information and Planning     145
Information About Every Child and More     147
Ways of Gathering Information     153
Principles of Planning     159
Planning Systems and Formats     162
Looking Forward     164
Action Based on Collaboration     165
In the End, It's About Culture     165
Collaboration     171
Postscript     174
References     175
Index     177
About the Authors     182
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