Saturday, September 17, 2016

Discovering the Culture of Childhood: A Book Review

About The Book:

We often filter our interactions with children through the lens of adulthood. View the culture of childhood through a whole new lens. Identify age-based bias and expand your outlook on and understanding of early childhood as a culture. Examine various elements of childhood culture: language, the power of believing, artistic expressions, and social structure. Filled with research and stories from around the world, this book offers a multitude of different perspectives to relate to. Understanding children's dispositions of questioning, wonder, engagement, and cooperation from the inside changes everything. 

Age focus: 0–8. Softbound, 200 pgs. 

About The Author:

Emily Plank has worked as a family child care provider, mentor, and adult educator, and as a writer and consultant on workshop presentations and interactive keynotes for educators and families. Her specialties include play-based education, diversity and culture in early childhood education, respectful guidance and discipline, and outdoor learning. In 2011, the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children identified Emily as one of seven emerging leaders in the field of early childhood education. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and has lived in various locations around the world. She and her family currently reside in Lausanne, Switzerland.

My Review:

As an early childhood educator for the last 18 years I have read a LOT of books that contributed to my teaching philosophy and methods. However, there has only been a handful that I can say have truly created me to be the teacher I am. After reading Emily Plank's book, Discovering The Culture of Childhood, I am very happy to say I will be adding this book to that list of influential books! 

This book NEEDS to be on the required reading for all ECE programs around the world. Seriously it will influence and impact all who read it. It gives practical ideas of how to look at culture through the lens of the children we teach every day! A great book! 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Discovering The Culture of Childhood 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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