This new edition helps parents, caregivers, and early interventionists prepare curriculum for our youngest learners. To encourage learning, the authors use a three-step approach - Respect, Reflect, and Relate. This book will help all those who care for infants and toddlers to translate their knowledge of child development into effective, individualized curriculum; it will not tell them what to do on Monday, but rather will help them to ask: "How will I make decisions on Monday that truly come from the child's interests?" Through observation, they will choose a response that supports learning and the relationship and therefore achieve the primary goal of an infant/toddler care teacher- to support the parent-child relationship.
PART ONE A RESPONSIVE, RELATIONSHIP-BASED APPROACH 1 Chapter 1 Relationships as the Basis for Curriculum Chapter 2 Opportunities for Engaging Families Chapter 3 Responsive, Safe, and Healthy Caregiving Routines Chapter 4 A Responsive, Relationship-Based Environment Chapter 5 Endless Opportunities for Guidance and Relationship Realignments Chapter 6 Using Observation and Documentation for Responsive Planning and Ongoing Assessment PART TWO OPPORTUNITIES FOR RELATIONSHIPS AND LEARNING Chapter 7 Opportunities for Attachment and Emotional Development and Learning Chapter 8 Opportunities for Social Development and Learning with Peers Chapter 9 Opportunities for Learning and Thinking Chapter 10 Opportunities for Language, Literacy, and Music Development Chapter 11 Opportunities for Movement and Motor Development and Learning Chapter 12 Opportunities for Fine Motor Development and Learning Chapter 13 Opportunities for Creative, Symbolic/Dramatic Play, and Sensory Development and Learning Chapter 14 Opportunities for Learning About the Outdoors Appendix A Planning Guides Appendix B Inventory of Teacher Practices References Index