Babies in the Rain: Promoting Play, Exploration, and Discovery with Infants and Toddlers

Babies in the Rain: Promoting Play, Exploration, and Discovery with Infants and Toddlers

by Jeff A. Johnson

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Overview

Babies in the Rain: Promoting Play, Exploration, and Discovery with Infants and Toddlers by Jeff A. Johnson

There are many ways parents and caregivers can help children thrive in their earliest years of life. Babies in the Rain explains the theories behind the best practices for infant and toddler care as well as preferred methods for doing so. In a personable, humorous voice, Jeff A. Johnson shares his own stories about the amazing ways infants and toddlers learn. He offers valuable information on how to spend quality time with young children by building strong emotional environments, nurturing meaningful relationships, and promoting child-centered, age-appropriate learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933653846
Publisher: Redleaf Press
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jeff A. Johnson has more than 18 years of child care experience. A former center director, he operates a family child care program and is a board member of the National Association for Family Child Care. He is the author of several Redleaf Press books and presents at conferences across the nation.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

The Marvel of Infants and Toddlers 3

Giving Infants and Toddlers What They Need to Be Safe and Thrive 4

Our Choices Influence the Lives of Infants and Toddlers 6

Engaging Infants' and Toddlers' Innate Drive to Play, Explore, and Discover 7

Chapter 1 What's Going On in There? 9

Ready to Learn from Birth 11

Taking Care of the Children: Identifying Quality Care 16

Bendy Brains 17

Taking Care of Yourself: Which Dog Do You Feed? 18

It Takes Nature and Nurture 19

Taking Care of Yourself: Trusting Your Gut 36

Chapter 2 Making Mindful Choices for Infants and Toddlers 39

Taking Care of Yourself: Investing in Self-Care 41

Big-Picture World of Marketing 43

Taking Care of Yourself: Letting Go I 49

Hard Choices 51

Taking Care of Yourself: Letting Go II 72

Chapter 3 Look Them in the Eye: Building Strong Emotional Environments 75

Taking Care of Yourself: Finding Flow 77

Observe Basic Quality Standards 79

Taking Care of Yourself: Basic Meditation 80

The Sad Reality of Basic Care 82

Taking Care of the Children: Over the Dark Edge 83

Taking Care of Yourself: Setting Your Intentions 86

The Power of Nurturing 87

Taking Care of the Children:...And Then There Was Anthony 109

Chapter 4 Learning through Play, Exploration, and Discovery 113

Taking Care of the Children: Dangerous Play 116

Respect as the Basis for Learning 117

Taking Care of the Children: Quality Children's Books 120

Integrated Learning 121

Taking Care of Yourself: Visualization 152

Epilogue Out for Breakfast 155

References 159

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