Sunday, August 7, 2011

Family Child Care Homes: A Book Review

About The Book:

Promote the comfortable feeling of home, support children's needs, and maximize learning experiences in your family child care setting. Filled with wisdom from an experienced family child care professional, Family Child Care Homes includes knowledgeable suggestions for item selection, furniture arrangement, storage, and more. Loaded with color photographs and architectural illustrations of indoor and outdoor family child care settings, this resource provides plenty of inspiration and practical information to create a comfortable, home-like setting that benefits children of all ages.

About The Author:

Linda J. Armstrong is a consultant for children and youth programs throughout the United States. As an active member of non-profit organizations, she has served in a variety of leadership positions for more than thirty years. Linda is a published author of educational research and has been an adjunct professor for universities in the U.S. and New Zealand. She holds three degrees in education and has received numerous awards and recognition for her work.

My Review:

With absolutely stunning photos, featuring family child care programs and setups, you will be inspired to create spaces that will set up learning and fun for all children.

 Family Child Care Homes: Creative Spaces For Children To Learn is a must have for any family child care provider. Not only is it loaded with full color photos, but also includes a fantastic appendix with reproducible forms for planning your place spaces, materials inventory and more. You will find photos on virtually every page of this book, and I love this. It is truly inspiring. You will find lists of what materials should be in each play area to allow for optimal learning. 

 A Family Child Care program does not have to be expensive to set up. One thing that I loved about this book was the various tips and ideas for setting up an economic play space. I know for myself, I have saved hundreds of dollars through buying items second hand and I love the way my program has turned out, but most importantly I know my children and the family child care children I teach love it! I also really loved the section on outdoor play spaces, as this is an area I know I have not taken full advantage of. I have a huge yard and have been inspired by the many ideas I have seen in Armstrong's book. 

If you work in Early Childhood Education, or have a Family Child Care program, I cannot recommend this book enough! I give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Family Child Care Homes online through 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***

1 comment:

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