Teaching Young Children : An Introduction

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-19
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This engagingly interactive and easy-to-read book outlines how to deliver quality early education and care through its focus on curriculum. Full-color throughout, this edition's features include more concrete applications in the bookand on the website.The author weaves five essential elements of effective early childhood education throughout the book: understanding development, play, guidance, working with families, and diversity. The book provides a rigorous overview of the planning, preparation, and delivery of a curriculum for young children, one that's built around six specific curriculum areas, each explored in its own chapter. The author stresses the importance of play and the need to nurture each child's natural affinity for learning through experimentation and exploration. Separate chapters on the importance of the outdoor environment and the effect of technology on early childhood education help to complete this well-rounded presentation.For pre-service and in-service teachers at the pre-school and elementary grade levels.

Author Biography

Michael Henniger is professor of early childhood education at Western Washington University, where he currently serves as Associate Dean of the Woodring College of Education. Prior to this and other administrative assignments, he taught early childhood education courses at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Central Washington University, Northern Illinois University, and Western Washington University for a total of 22 years. University teaching interests include preschool and primary curriculum, play, learning environments, and family/community involvement in education. While completing his doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Henniger taught preschool children in the university lab school. His public school experiences were in rural Alaska, where he taught first and second grades and high school mathematics.


In addition to numerous articles and presentations on play, playgrounds, parent/community involvement, and technology for young children, Dr. Henniger has authored/co-authored the following books: Working with Parents of Handicapped Children (with Elizabeth Nesselroad); American Education (7th Edition) (with John Johansen and James Johnson); The Teaching Experience: An Introduction to Reflective Practice;and Teaching Young Children: An Introduction (4th Edition).


Dr. Henniger’s professional and research interests include promoting the importance of indoor and outdoor play experiences for young children, multicultural toys and games, the role of technology in the lives of young children, and family/community involvement strategies. Recent research opportunities have led to a deeper knowledge of integrating curriculum through project learning, curriculum options for infants and toddlers, and health and fitness issues for young children and their families.  

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Field
Overview of the Profession Essentials of Early Childhood Education
The Scope of Early Childhood Education Funding: Who Pays for Early Education
Teaching Young Children
Professional Preparation of Early Childhood Caregivers
Resources for Professional Development
Historical Contexts
Historical Figures
Influencing Early Childhood Education Events
Influencing Early Childhood Education
Types of Programs
The Montessori Program
The High/Scope Curriculum
The Behaviorist Approach
The Bank Street Model
The Reggio Emilia Program
How a Child Develops and Learns
The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom
Key Perspectives on Learning and Development
Children: Developmental Similarities and Differences
Learning About Children
Play in Childhood Defining
Play Why Children Play: Theories Cognitive
Play Types
Social Play
Types Benefits of Play
Facilitating Childhood Play
Guiding Young Children
What Is Guidance?
Recognizing Feelings and Understanding
Emotions Guidance
Strategies Guiding
Routines Guiding
Social Interactions Group Guidance
Guidance for Children with Special Needs
Working with Parents, Families, and Communities
Family Life Today
Is Involvement Worth the Effort?
Building Strong
Effective Communication
Influencing Quality
Conflicts Families of Children with Special Needs
Connecting with the Community
Diversity and Young Children
Diversity as an Essential Element Attitudes
Toward Diversity Encouraging an Acceptance of Diversity
Inappropriate Responses to Diversity
Integrating Diversity
Throughout the Curriculum
English Language Learners
Individuals with Special Needs
Issues of Gender
Equity Working with Families and the Community
Organizing for Instruction
Planning the Physical Environment: Indoors
Planning Guidelines
The Centers-Based Classroom
Age-Related Considerations
Selecting Equipment and Materials
Creating an Inclusive Environment
Changing the Physical Environment
Health and Safety Issues
Planning the Physical Environment: Outdoors
Importance of Outdoor
Play Planning Guidelines
Outdoor Play Areas Developmental Considerations
Selecting Equipment and Materials
Planning for Change in the Outdoor Environment
Heath and Safety on the Playground
Family and Community Involvement
Committing to the Outdoor Environment
Activity Planning and Assessment
Creating a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
The Integrated Curriculum
The Project Approach Scheduling Issues
Assessment Involving Families
The Curriculum
Enhancing Physical Development
The Importance of Motor Skills
Foundation for Physical Fitness
The Components of Physical Development
Teaching Physical Development
Enhancing Physical Development
Indoors Enhancing Physical Development
Teaching Children to Care for Their Bodies
Working with Parents and Families
Supporting Emotional and Social Development
Helping Children with Emotional Development
Materials and Activities for Emotional Development
Toward Social Competence
The Social Development
Curriculum Stress as a Factor in Social and Emotional Development
Teachers and Caregivers Pe
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