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Emotional Connections How Relationships Guide Early Learning

ISBN-10: 0943657644
ISBN-13: 9780943657646
Edition: 2003
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Description: The number of very young children entering center-based child care programs is growing. Now, more than ever, it is important for caregivers to understand the impact they have on the healthy development of the children in their care. Emotional  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Zero To Three Press
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

The number of very young children entering center-based child care programs is growing. Now, more than ever, it is important for caregivers to understand the impact they have on the healthy development of the children in their care. Emotional Connections translates new research on cognitive, social, and emotional development in the early years into the language of daily caregiving and teaching. The authors give trainers the information and tools they need to teach infant-toddler caregivers how to build responsive relationships with very young children and their families. They show how positive relationships are the context for helping babies and toddlers learn, communicate, and regulate behavior. Emotional Connections materials are designed to supplement comprehensive training curricula, such as the Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers (PITC). Each of the book's 10 chapters presents key concepts in accessible language and offers exercises and activities designed specifically for adult learners. Developed for use as a training resource in a variety of pre-service and in-service settings (community colleges, certification programs, center-based workshops, etc.), Emotional Connections is also an effective self-study resource. An instructor's manual containing a wealth of teaching strategies; classroom activities; and a CD-ROM with printable handouts, worksheets, and overheads is also available for educators and trainers. Book jacket.

Introduction
Relationships Nurture Early Learning
Babies Have Amazing Capacities to Learn
Emotion Is Our Inborn Link to Learning
Observation Is the First Step in Caregiving
The Brain Is the Processing Center for Learning
The Caregiver Builds Relationships
What the Caregiver Brings to Relationships
Responsive Relationships
Relationships Are Emotional Connections
The Power of Shared Emotions
Different Emotions Affect Us in Different Ways
Shared Emotions Regulate Behavior
Relationships Foster a Positive Sense of Self
Positive Relationships Build Self-Worth
Mastery Is an Inborn Motivation
Scaffolding Supports Learning
Responsive Relationships Model and Promote Social Skills
Social Skills Develop During the First 3 Years of Life
Caregivers Support Social Learning
Children Serve as Models for One Another
Relationships Guide and Regulate Behavior
Understanding Behavior Is the First Step to Managing It
Adults Regulate and Focus Behavior
Responsive Caregivers Anticipate Behavior Problems
Extreme Behaviors Demand Action
Responsive Relationship! Promote Learning and Cognition
Response Caregivers Scaffold Cognitive Development
Imitation and Pretend Play Are Important in Early Learning
Learning Is Enhanced by Planning a Child-Focused Curriculum
Relationships Promote Language and Literacy
Caregivers Foster Communication
Language Can Be Used to Regulate Emotion
Literacy Activities Can Build Relationships, Language Skills, and Problem-Solving Abilities
Relationships With Families
Building Relationships with Parents Is Important
Children Can Experience Continuity and Discontinuity Between Home and Child Care
Caregivers Need to Maintain Their Connections With Families
Making Responsive Relationships Work in Your Program
A Relationship Based Model Is Vital
Caregivers Can Influence Change
Caregivers Need Emotional Refueling
Glossary
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