ADVENTURES WITH CHILDREN: In The Early School Years by Elsa & Arthur Swan Barnouw


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A reissue of a long out-of-print book on the schooling of two-to-four year olds. This is a book for teachers--and for parents who wish to know what their toddlers' teachers are up to. But it isn't a typical how-to book. Rather, it instructs through anecdote, taking the teachers from the child's first entry into the school world, through the setting of rules, physical development, conflict resolution, creativity, music, language, and even the handling of birthdays. Always, the authors' concern is with fostering the security of the child and creating stability and happiness in the schoolroom--while leaving time for the little ones to be just that. . . little children. When the original was published some 27 years ago, the world was a far different place. Recognizing that, Barnouw and Swan have adjusted their material to make it more applicable to children who may have no fathers at home and whose mothers most likely are at work when the three o'clock bell rings. ""He"" and ""she"" are also game for some conversions here, as the authors note the increasing role of men in teaching younger children. The authors' thoughtful, caring approach should be welcome again in the nursery and the kindergarten after its long absence.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1986
Publisher: Agathon (111 8th Ave., New York, NY 10011)