The world today’s children live in is much different than the world we knew at their age. That’s obvious. Yet some of our approaches with young children haven’t changed. All of us—and especially our young children—must have appropriate expectations in order to succeed. All of us, children and adults, learn more when we find the task to be enjoyable, challenging and yet achievable.
Teach the Whole Preschooler will guide teachers through reconsidering your routines, your approaches, your actions, and reactions. It considers the whole child—students not only as vessels for information but as emotional human beings with newly emerging socialization skills and cognitive abilities who need to figure out their world.
You will learn how to approach learning experiences with thoughtful consideration and you’ll find strategies for updating your interactions and lessons.
Chapters in the book cover everything from socialization and behavioral expectations to emotional capacity and assessing reading and writing readiness. Teachers will learn how to have realistic expectations of themselves as well as their young students while preparing them for the years ahead.
Readers will be encouraged to think about these questions:
• Why am I doing the activities that I do and are they meaningful?
• Am I doing everything possible to form a positive foundation for the students?
• Do I need to let the ideas from the past go in order to make room for new approaches?
Terebush ends each chapter with discussion points for your communication with parents—a vital part of teaching and something that is often overlooked.
Acknowledging that there isn’t a quick fix, this book will guide readers to lead classrooms that intentionally promote a love of learning, positive self-image, and pro-social behavior that values the perceptions, thoughts and emotions of our youngest students. Through humor and relatable stories, Teach the Whole Preschooler provides new ideas, helpful hints, and strategies for a more effective experience for teachers, students, and parents.
Piece by piece, Cindy Terebush explains the natural development of the child found within the realities of the classroom. To 'teach the whole preschooler' you have to celebrate what their actions are telling you and confront your own expectations to effectively nurture today's young learners. — Angela Torres, Director, Easterseals Bronx Child Development Center
Wow! Cindy Terebush has given an invaluable gift to Early Childhood educators and their parents: an intelligent, practical, research- and experience-based, readable, wise, and witty guide to helping our children grow, learn, and explore. The author delves into such topics as expectations, creativity, play, routines, mindulness; she adeptly discusses social-emotional development, self-expression, and cognition. Her chapter summaries and recommendations for communicating with parents are especially brilliant and useful. My recommendation? Read this book, then go play with your children—as a more compassionate, wiser, and more capable educator than you were before. — Helene Frieder Lockspeiser, MA, Early Childhood Educator for 40 years
The book is not just another presentation of essential materials for caring for and educating young children, rather it is almost like attending a professional development session with Terebush or being in the classroom with her where you can hear her discussing the issues that are important to our field in a personal and conversational manner. Her writing style engages the reader and allows them to see ideas in a new way as well as analyze the ideas for use in their own classroom. — Amanda Discala, EdM, Child Development Center Director, President, NJAEYC
About the Author:
Cindy Terebush has worked with children for nearly 20 years. She has extensive experience teaching, directing, and consulting in early childhood and school age programs. She is a sought-after workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, and professional development provider for early childhood professionals and parent groups.