Sunday, January 3, 2016

Early Learning Theories Made Visible: A Book Review

About The Book:

Go beyond reading about early learning theories and see what they look like in action in modern programs and teacher practices. With classroom vignettes and colorful photographs, this book makes the works of Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Lev Vygotsky, Abraham Maslow, John Dewey, Howard Gardner, and Louise Derman-Sparks visible, accessible, and easier to understand. Each theory is defined—through engaging stories and rich visuals—in relation to cognitive, social-emotional, and physical developmental domains. Use this book to build a stronger comprehension of the foundations of early learning theories and become more reflective and intentional in your work with young children. 

Softbound, 220 pgs.

About The Authors:

Miriam Beloglovsky, MA, is a professor of early childhood education at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, and has had the pleasure of advising and guiding students for over 25 years. She is a strong advocate for children, youth, and families, and consults and supports a variety of family, children, and youth programs, including THRIVE Family Development Network and My Street of Dreams. She has served as a keynote speaker, presenter, and board member to a number of organizations and conferences.

Lisa Daly, MA, is professor of early childhood education at Folsom Lake College in Folsom, California. She has over 30 years of experience as an early childhood teacher, director, and educator. She has served on community and Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) boards, including the statewide Child Development Training Consortium advisory board. She is passionate about creative arts and has directed art programs for thousands of children at community family events and camps; and she and has presented numerous workshops for educators on art, storytelling, language and literacy, sensory experiences, and music and movement. 

My Review:

Learning about child development and developmental psychology has been an interest of mine for many years, and was part of my training to become an early childhood educator. While I loved learning theories and idea from the greats like Erikson, Vygotsky, Freud, Piaget, etc., the one thing that often frustrated me was how was I to take that intensive information and figure out how to translate it to the work I did on a daily basis. Of course, I have eventually figured it out but I so wish I would have had a book like Early Learning Theories Made Visible back when I first began my career.

The book covers theories from Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Lev Vygotsky, Abraham Maslow, John Dewey, Howard Gardner and Louise Derman-Sparks. First the authors give a basic run down of each theorist and their work. Then, in a very well organized and written manner, the authors lay out the theories in relation to these areas:

1. Social-Emotional Development
2. Beyond ABCs and 1,2,3s
3. Beyond Gross-Motor and Fine-Motor Skills

Within these sections, the authors give amazing, stunning photography, and examples of how to incorporate these theories within our early childhood education programs through sections call Take Action: The Envirionment and Take Action: Your Role as a Teacher. These sections have provided me with valuable information that I have been able to very easily adapt and add to my family child care program. I am very glad to have it in my personal library and must say it is a book I hope all early childhood education programs should have as well.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Early Learning Theories Made Visible 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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