Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Family Child Care Curriculum: A Book Review

About The Book:

Develop a curriculum for your family child care program that incorporates best practices and activities appropriate for the mixed ages of children in your care. This hands-on infant, toddler, and preschool resource reflects the reality of your needs, setting, and resources as a family child care provider. Each age-specific unit includes information on:
  • developmental domains and milestones
  • learning areas
  • age-appropriate activities and outcomes
  • daily schedules
  • letters to families
Enhance your family child care program and maintain good documentation with the Developmental Milestones Observational Records, a tool that can be used to add consistency and validity to children’s records. This assessment tool corresponds to the developmental milestone charts found in Family Child Care Curriculum.

Family Child Care Curriculum discusses topics such as learning and brain development, reading with children, the importance of play, water and product safety, food allergies, and emergency evacuations, and ideas for activities and games.  Softbound, 304 pgs.

About The Author:

 Sharon Woodward develops curriculum for IntuiCare Training Institute. As a family child care licensor for 20 years, she has visited thousands of family child care homes, facilitated licensure and renewal, and provided technical assistance and training. She holds a bachelor's degree in social work.

My Review:

If you have a Family Child Care business, this is one resource that you will want to have in your professional development resource library. The entire book is fantastically organized into three parts:

1. Understanding The Needs of Children - a very quick rundown of child development in five units
2. The Activities - Four units of activity ideas covering physical and motor, cognitive development, communication and language development, and social/emotional development
3. Your Program and Practices - full of fantastic ideas covering topics like daily schedules, the importance of play, group games and so much more!

My favorite part of the book is part two, as there are activities for ALL age groups and all are very easy to plan and implement and will cover all types of learning styles, attention spans and abilities.

  I found part three a little harder to get through, only because much of it I either already use, or know, having operated my family child care program for two years now, and having been in the field of early childhood education since 1998. However, it was a fantastic review, gave me a few new ideas to try and, in my opinion, a very good resource for any new provider or new graduate of an early childhood education program.

A solid Early Childhood Education resource that is perfect for family child care owners, frontline workers, consultants and agency owners.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Family Child Care Curriculum online through its publisher, Redleaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Redleaf Press, 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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