What does every young child need to be a well-adjusted, happy person? From Carol Hillman's years of experience and wisdom comes the answer: Help each child discover a world where play, creative freedom, self trust, and personal responsibility open the child's mind and heart to the excitement of learning and the enjoyment of sharing it with others.
Seldom has one writer been able to capture the inspirational vision and practical knowledge necessary for the effective teaching of young children. Expect to be enchanted, enlightened, and affirmed by the philosophy and very best beliefs about children and their learning. Early childhood educators and parents alike have much to learn from this classic book.
|"Carol Hillman's book continues to deeply touch my students in ways no other author does. Her writing helps them to imagine and plan for the classrooms they will one day occupy, as well as to consider the complexities of the art and science of teaching." |
—Dianne Rush Pape, Ph.D., Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas State University
"This book makes learning visible in a vital, developmental, and tangible way that makes it a must read for the next generation of early childhood educators and parents."
"At a time when education policy discourse threatens to focus too heavily on performance standards for even very small children, Hillman's book is a much-needed reminder that strong and supported teaching is the most indispensable standard of all."
A Parent's Preface
The Hidden Curriculum
The Master Teacher
The End of Summer
Setting Up the Classroom
Creating a Safe and Secure Environment
The First Few Days of School
The Teacher of Young Children
Finding the Positives in Children
Time to Evaluate
A Parent Conference
The Youngest Child in the Class
High Spirits and Holidays
Friendship: Teacher to Teacher
Handling Sensitive Issues in the Classroom
Blocking Is More Than Building with Blocks
Music in the Classroom
From Monarchs to Maple Syrup: Science for All Seasons
A Book Is a Special Kind of Friend
Art Is for Every Day
The Cognitive Clamor
Endings and Beginnings