Book Title: Everyday Goodbyes: Starting School And Early Care, a Guide to the Separation Process (Early Childhood Education Series (Teachers College Pr))
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Author: Nancy Balaban
Separation often evokes feelings of fear and anxiety in all of usÂ—children, parents, and teachers alike. Because the success or failure of early separation experiences can affect a childÂ’s movement toward independence, teachers and parents must know how to help young children cope with the unpleasant feelings sometimes associated with separation.
In Everyday Goodbyes (her follow-up to Starting School: From Separation to Independence), Nancy Balaban once again addresses this critical aspect of child development. Emphasizing the need for parents and teachers to work together in phasing children into a child-care, preschool, or kindergarten program, she offers many sensitive, practical suggestions to ease the separation process for all involved.
Positioning separation as the underlying curriculum for all early childhood programs, this wonderful book:
* Helps teachers and parents to understand why children take time to adjust.
* Uses photographs and real-life anecdotes of children, teachers, and parents to illustrate all aspects of the adjustment process.
* Includes activities for the classroom that support childrenÂ’s movement toward independence and self-confidence.
* Includes children with special needs, those who come from special circumstances, as well as the range of cultural differences.
* Provides sample "phase-in" schedules for planning the first days of a program, a sample letter of introduction that can be sent to parents, and a list of books for children, adults, and professionals.