Friday, October 28, 2016

Preschool Team Suggested Reading

The Importance of Being Little

We enjoyed reading and discussing this book as a preschool team and thought parents with preschool age children would find it interesting as well.  This book titled, The Importance of Being Little –What Preschoolers Really Need From Grownups, written by Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis, gives one perspective and theory behind the adult role in the developing preschooler.  In an ever changing and fast paced world that is becoming more and more structured, academic and adult driven, we found it to be a refreshing take on the importance of play and giving children the opportunities to guide their own learning.  The author shares research behind child development and highlights the fact that young children are hardwired to learn.   She stresses the idea that sometimes we underestimate what a young child can do when given the time, space, curiosity and opportunities to do so.  This book does an excellent job of encouraging us to take a deeper look at the role we play as “grown-ups” in children’s lives and gives many wonderful examples, ideas, and practices teachers and parents can be using preschool age children.

Check it out here: The Importance of Being Little

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