30 Mar

Book Inspired Lessons

Books are wonderful tools for engaging and motivating children. They also naturally inspire children through vocabulary and illustrations. Here’s a great example of how teachers can begin with a story and then branch off into activities in different developmental areas.

How can YOU incorporate more book inspired lessons into YOUR program? If you already do this, tell us which books are your favorite and what curriculum ideas you use for them. Feel free to send pictures (no children please).

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16 Mar


Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Seven: Reenvisioning the Response: Where We Go from Here
By Robert Gundling, Ed.D.

I want to thank Dawn for the opportunity to participate in this book study on such an important topic related to the social emotional development of young children, their families and those who work with them. I found the information in the book helpful to me as an Early Care and Education Practitioner. It seems to me the information was presented in a clear, concise, and objective manner. This helped me develop a better understanding of how to support young children and the adults who care for and about them in developing relationships, grounded in trust, along with respect for each other in a caring environment. I believe relationships are at the core of a high quality learning environment for human beings.

Chapter 7 of this book maintained my interest because of its focus on those of us who work with young children and their families. During the past eight years, I had the good fortune to work with an organization in the most under resourced area of Washington, DC. I saw and felt the effects of violence in the neighborhood on the children and the teachers. One example etched in my mind is a four year old child in the Pre-k program who witnessed her father…

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15 Mar


Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Six: When Those Who Love Us Leave Us
By Rebecca Shlafer

I’m excited to participate in this book study! Chapter 6 addresses the complex challenges that children face when they lose a parent. For me, this chapter leaves me reflecting on the similarities and differences between a parent dying and the loss of a parent for other reasons. My research focuses on children’s outcomes when a parent is incarcerated, so I find the connections in this chapter between parent death, deployment, and incarceration to be really valuable. As the author notes, the loss of a parent can trigger… Read More

7 Mar


Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Five: When Those Who Love Us Hurt Us
By Chelsea Hetherington

In Chapter 5, Dr. Langworthy discusses the impact that maltreatment and other traumatic experiences can have on a young child’s development. The idea that an early childhood care provider might be one of the few consistent, positive relationships in a child’s life is tragic, but it is also powerful. By fostering meaningful relationships with children who have faced extreme adversity, early childhood professionals have the power to support their development and foster resiliency in the face of adversity. Early childhood care providers, as well as the care environment itself, can be the emotional rock for children facing adversity, serving as a solid foundation from which they can learn and grow. By fostering positive connections, those of you who work directly with young children can buffer some of the negative effects of the trauma that children have experienced.

Below I’ve outlined my takeaways from Chapter 5…  Read More

2 Mar


Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Four: How What We Experience Shapes Us
By Tom Lent

In Chapter 4, “How What We Experience Shapes Us,” the forms, frequency and consequences of early adversity are discussed, as well as some suggested, appropriate approaches.

Abuse, neglect, domestic violence, extreme poverty, trafficking, natural disasters, chronic malnutrition, witnessing violent acts, and/or Read More

16 Feb


Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Three: How What Surrounds Us Changes Us
By Scott Wiley

Have you ever planted seeds with young children? One favorite experiment is to plant seeds in different pots and adjust what you do with each one. One is placed in the window and regularly watered. One is placed in the window but not watered. One is regularly watered but placed in a dark cabinet. After a week or so, compare the pots. How are they the same? How are they different?

What does this have to do with the book study? Well, chapter 3 is all about context … Read More