ERIC Number: ED458934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
More Infant and Toddler Experiences.
Hast, Fran; Hollyfield, Ann
Based on experiences gained at the Palo Alto Infant-Toddler Center and the view that quality child care for infants and toddlers depends upon nurturing, long-term connections with their caregivers, other children, and their families, this book presents strategies for interacting with young children that support the developing child as well as the caregiver learning on the job. Chapter 1 of the book, "Reviewing the Foundation," discusses the 10 principles guiding respectful caregiver interactions with infants and toddlers and 7 strategies for applying the principles in everyday work with children. These strategies include observing individual children to provide for optimal stress, modeling the desired behavior, acknowledging children's feelings, anticipating transitions, helping children articulate needs and wants, offering real choices, and setting consistent limits. Chapter 2, "Planning Environments To Support Infants' and Toddlers' Learning," explores infant/toddler everyday behaviors, and ideas for planning environments that are sensitive to learning and that enable quality interactions, thus making the caregiver's work more enjoyable. The model presented in this chapter is organized by the "Three C's": (1) children's Curiosity; (2) Connections with others; and (3) the physical Coordination necessary for skill integration. Also discussed are problems arising when caregivers do not include infant/toddler development in planning the care environment. Chapter 3, "Planned Experiences for Infants and Toddlers," comprises the bulk of the book and contains planned experiences for small groups organized by developmental age: infant, infant/toddler, and toddler. Each experience is presented with a brief description, list of materials, procedures, other things to think about, and a scenario recounting a real interaction during that experience. (KB)
Descriptors: Activities, Activity Units, Child Caregivers, Child Development, Curiosity, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Experience, Individual Development, Infants, Learning Activities, Preschool Education, Psychomotor Skills, School Activities, Toddlers
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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Identifiers - Location: California