“Books create a special world for young children,” writes Carol B. Hillman in her gentle and supportive book, Teaching Four-Year-Olds. “Books give their imaginations wings with which to fly. Books can lift their spirits and soothe their souls. A book is a special kind of friend…I want the children in the classroom to experience the richness of a good book…I want them to grow up loving books and loving beautiful illustrations. There is a timeless quality to a good book.”
Margie Carter, in Literacy: A Beginnings Workshop Book, writes about the power of storytelling, explaining that “stories teach us about ourselves as well as other people…Early childhood educators know that children tell stories as part of their developing identity and self-esteem, and we provide for this in our classroom culture…
I wonder how often we provide parallel experiences for adults to develop in their identity and roles as teachers…Various forms of storytelling can be used for self-awareness and team building among child care staff. Personal stories can bring insights about the roots of tensions that may be festering among teachers…Try opening or ending each staff meeting with storytelling.”
| Beginnings Workshop books have a wealth of ideas for reducing challenging behaviors by helping children learn through play in developmentally appropriate ways.
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