Friday, November 18, 2011

So This Is Normal Too?: A Book Review

About The Book:

Tattling, aggression, and temper tantrums are examples of "normal" behaviors that can be difficult for teachers, caregivers, and families to handle. If ignored, these behaviors can grow into difficult, unappealing habits. So This Is Normal Too? Second Edition, focuses on how teachers can observe and identify children who need more specific support and provides effective and practical solutions to guide children as they learn new skills and improve behaviors. Filled with child development information on twenty-one skills and behaviors, this resource links early learning standards to behavior and skill challenges. It also includes action planning forms and family handouts. Age Focus: 3-6. Softbound, 256 pgs.

About The Author:

Deborah Hewitt began her work with young children as a therapeutic preschool teacher in the inner city. Her roles in early education include child care provider consultant, CDA advisor, MNAEYC board of directors, trainer-of-trainers, school readiness preschool teacher, and education manager for an urban Head Start. Currently, she is at the Minnesota Department of Education and provides staffing to Minnesota's Early Childhood Advisory Council. 

My Review:

When you work with children in any capacity, you will will see all kinds of emotions and all types of behaviors. Some good and some not so much. Some behaviors you can very simply put off as typical child development but other behaviors, like excessive hitting or inappropriate biting, will make you wonder if a child has deeper issues.

So This Is Normal?, by Deborah Hewitt, is a fantastic overview of behaviors seen in preschool children. You will learn about biting, agression, turn taking, and more! Very easily organized and includes a ton of resources to reference normal child development and when to be concerned. This is a fantastic resource for all Early Childhood Educators to own in their library, whether a center based program or home based child care program!

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

BUY IT: You can purchase So This Is Normal Too? at your favorite bookseller from Redleaf Press. It is also available 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***

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