Spreading The News: Sharing The Stories Of Early Childhood Education
Spreading the News: Sharing the Stories of Early Childhood Education
How do we communicate to others the important work we do for and with children? How do we enhance understanding and knowledge of the early childhood care and education field?With documentation panels.With what? Documentation panels - an exciting graphic technique which helps educators and professionals in the early childhood care and education field make and use unique and beautiful eye-catching posters - called documentation panels or display panels, which can be used to communicate child development, parenting, program and public policy information. Based on the work in early childhood education originating in Reggio Emilia, Italy, this technique captures in visual form with a brief narrative, the importance of a play-based curriculum in young childrens lives.A fascinating and innovative book, Spreading the News: Sharing the Stories of Early Childhood Education shows the many uses of these documentation panels, the tools needed to make them and the results to expect.ReviewI will surely spread the news about Spreading the News. An innovative and useful book for teachers and administrators. -- Carolyn Edwards, Editor, The Hundred Languages of ChildrenSince we started documenting and representing our emergent curriculum, parents are commenting on and excited about the literacy that is popping up everywhere. I, too, am astonished at the increase in literacy that is coming out of this practice. -- Barbara McPherson, Child Development Services, Fort Lewis, WashingtonThe most exciting aspect of this book is the idea of using the documentation process as a professional development tool. Documentation enhances teachers' learning by providing a meaninful and concrete vehicle for them to see children learning. Teachers come to understand children's development and also see their own learning process as adults. -- Carol Brunson Phillips, Exec. Director, Council for Early Childhood Professional RecognitionAbout the AuthorFor more than 30 years, Margie Carter has worked in the early childhood field including positions as a preschool teacher, child care director, and college instructor. She and Deb Curtis have coauthored seven books, including Designs for Living and Learning. They speak to and consult with child care organizations across the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
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