Theories of Childhood

PDF EBook by Carol Garhart Mooney

EBook Description

Great —very basic and usable—overview of Big Ideas in Childhood Development. Theories of Childhood PDF EBook The takehome to- PDFdo for me as a parent (and not a preschool or daycare teacher) was to empower kids to do things for themselves— get their own snacks, set up their own workspaces. And scaffolding— knowing their abilities and hangups well enough to provide just-the-right support for progress.

Here's some good bits:

John Dewey, p5: "'I believe that education, therefore, is a process of living and not preparation for future living.'...Dewey thought that curriculum should grow out of real home, work, and other life situations."

Maria Montessori, p29: "the more we manage for children, the harder our jobs will be. Children have a passionate interest in real work. They love to watch the cook, the custodian, and the garbage trick at work. They always want to 'help.'"

Erik Erikson, p46: "Erikson believed that toddlers struggle to achieve balance between appropriate holding on and letting go.... Erikson thought that one of the main barriers for toddlers in accomplishing this task is over-controlling behavior from adults who thwart and resist the toddlers' growing demands for dependence and independence at this stage, they often shame the child for behavior which is actually developmentally appropriate."

p47: "Toddlers need to have reasonable opportunities for choice and control. At the same time they need consistent, firm, reassuring limits set by caring adults. Toddlers can easily be victims of their own strong feelings and sometimes do need us to step in." Like this book? Read online this: Parenting Toddlers, Psychoanalytic Theories.

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