Monday, April 9, 2012

Beyond Behavior Management: A Book Review

About The Book:

Give children the social and emotional tools they need to grow and thrive on their own

All children—not just those with challenging behaviors—require guidance as they develop the social and emotional skills they will use the rest of their lives. This resource provides everything you need to help children build and use six essential life skills: attachment, belonging, self-regulation, collaboration, contribution, and adaptability. Developed and tested in the classroom, this strength-based approach includes strategies, examples of supportive interactions, and special activities to help you manage challenging behaviors and strengthen social and emotional development in all children. Reflecting significant changes in early childhood education, this second edition of Beyond Behavior Management aligns each life skill with early learning standards and addresses cultural awareness and its impact on child development. With these essential life skills, children will exhibit more prosocial behaviors, work better as a classroom community, and become excited and active learners.

This edition includes two new chapters and content reflecting early learning standards, new research, cultural diversity, and strategies to strengthen the home-school connection. Discussion and reflection questions, exercises, journal assignments, child profile templates, a planning worksheet, and sample scripts are also included.
Age focus: 3-6. Softbound, 336 pgs.

About The Author:

Jenna Bilmes has more than twenty years of experience in the early childhood field and is currently a program associate at WestEd's Center for Child and Family Studies and an independent early childhood consultant. Jenna is a popular presenter and the author of Redleaf Press's Common Psychological Disorders in Young Children: A Handbook for Early Childhood Professionals. She is pursuing her PhD in sociocultural early childhood education

My Review:

Beyond Behavior Management: The Six Life Skills Children Need is a book that every parent, and educator of young children must read. It is full of amazing ideas that are very easy to implement, with many stemming from the Montessori philosophy of education, which I really loved. There are a ton of reproducible pages for parents and educators to use, and perfect for doing assessments or individual learning plans for the children in your care. My favorite chapter was on self-regulation and attachment. 

I highly recommend this book for all educators and parents, and it should be in the resource library of all daycare centers and elementary schools. 

I give this book a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Beyond Behavior Management: The Six Life Skills Children Need 2nd Edition online, at 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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