Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: A Book Review

About The Book:

In our complex world, adults must help children develop the skills they will need to navigate through life successfully. By focusing on building social and emotional strength, we increase children's resilience and prepare them to handle the challenges in life.


The strategies and activities in Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure help children become socially and emotionally healthy for life. Organized into five chapters, the activities support and build resilience in children ages three to eight.


For children, living and learning are seamlessly integrated. The activities in Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure offer ways to help children live and learn their way into social and emotional resilience, while having fun!

About The Authors:

Devereux is the nation's largest nonprofit educational and behavioral health care organization. With a focus on promoting young children's healthy social and emotional development and resilience, to date the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI) has helped more than 3 million children across the nation. In 2009, the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) was created to advance Devereux's commitment to primary prevention and promotion of resilience in children. The DCRC encompasses Early Childhood Initiative (DECI) as well as the emerging focus on school-age children.


Nefertiti Bruce, M.ed is an Early Childhood Specialist and trainer for the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI), and provides professional development and consultation to early childhood programs across the nation. Nefertiti is the co-author of Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You, a tool to help adults strengthen their resilence.


Karen B. Cairone, M.ed is a Special Projects/Trainer for the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI), where she is responsible for resource development, serves as editor of the national newsletter, and works on various other special projects for DECI. She is the co-writer and co-producer of the Facing the Challenge DVD's, Classroom Moments DVD and accompanying training, and the co-author of For Now and Forever: A Family Guide for the Social and Emotional Development of Infant and Toddlers.

My Review:

If you either have, or work with, a child between the ages of three and eight then I highly recommend you read Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure.

This book is choke full of fantastic activities that can be used in home and classroom settings, and all are very easy to plan and implement. I have been able to use a few within my home daycare (4 children in total) and not only did I find the activity easy to plan and implement, the children loved them!

One of my responsibilities as a mom and early childhood education professional is to make sure children in my care are safe, strong and happy! This book will definitely be a tool to help me raise emotional strong and resilient children!

The introduction to the book explains what social and emotional development is as well as what resilience in children looks like and how to use the book. The chapters look like this:

1. Promoting Resilience Through Supportive, Caring Practice - includes 10 activities one of which we tried - When We Little; Now That We're Big!

2. Promoting Resilience Through Home and School Partnerships - includes 10 activities one of which we did was My Family Photo Album

3. Promoting Resilience Through Activities and Experiences - 10 activiites and we did Follow Your Leader

4. Promoting Resilience Through Daily Routines and Transitions - 10 activities and we did Leave A Little Wiggle Room

5. Promoting Resilience The Play and Learning Environment - 10 activities, one of which is Where Does It Go? (which promotes having toys on low shelving with labeled containers - which I already do!)

This will be a resource I will use for many years to come, as well as share with friends and educators I know.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!


BUY IT: You can purchase Social Strong, Emotionally Secure online, through it's publisher, Gryphon House.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Gryphon House, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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