Sunday, February 24, 2013

From Handprints to Hypothese: A Book Review

About The Book:

Creativity, initiative, and inquiry are important in all children's early education, including toddlers and two-year-olds. From Handprints to Hypotheses focuses on using the project approach—a teaching strategy that enables you to guide children through in-depth studies of real world topics—to scaffold very young children's early learning. It provides information on creating sensory-based experiences—developmentally appropriate for toddlers and twos—that bring new perspectives and activities into the classroom. 

Age focus: 1—3. Softbound, 152 pgs.

About The Author:

Todd Wanerman, MA, has been an early childhood educator for over twenty-five years. Since 1990, he has been a head teacher and administrator at The Little School, a renowned inclusion program in San Francisco. In addition to leading workshops, consultations, and community partnerships for parents and teachers, he presents at national early childhood conferences, lectures at San Francisco State University, and serves as the curriculum director for the International Institute for Chinese Early Education Research's bilingual education project and works with preschool teachers and children in China. Todd, with his Including One, Including All coauthors Leslie Roffman and Cassie Britton, received a certificate of honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2011 for their contribution to the field of early childhood education. He holds a master's degree in early childhood education from San Francisco State University.

My Review:

I am so excited to share another fantastic resource from my friends at Red Leaf Press!

 From Handprints to Hypotheses by Todd Wanerman is a fantastic read that encourages Early Childhood Educators to incorporate the Project Approach in creative art experiences with toddlers and two year olds. This was a very timely read for me, as currently I have two almost two year old children in my family child care program.

 The book is full of amazing full color photographs documenting the children in hands-on creativity! Not only will you learn some introductory theory with regards to toddler and two's development, but you will also be introduced to 12 art projects that all child care programs can very easily implement. 

I love doing crafts with the children in my care, and this gives me a whole new way to look at the Project Approach. Although in a home setting versus a child care centre, through reading this book, I was reminded that I can still incorporate many of the fantastic ideas Wanerman puts forth in the book. We have tried a couple of the projects and they were a huge hit! I cannot wait to do more projects with the kids in the near future.

This is an essential book that all child care programs, big or small, need to have in their resource library for sure. I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase From Handprints to Hypotheses online through its publisher, Red Leaf 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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