The Educator’s Guide to Understanding Child Development
Supporting Healthy Academic and Emotional Growth By Linda C. Mayes, M.D.
The Yale Child Study Center Guide to Understanding Your Child was a landmark essential resource for parents, offering accessible information on child development based on a deep understanding of brain research and psychology. Now that knowledge has been distilled in “The Educator’s Guide to Understanding Child Development,” which is designed to inform educators’ practice with a solid grounding in child development.
Educators and parents alike recognize that children don’t grow up simply by adding inches and pounds- child development is a much richer mix of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth. Though children make progress at their own pace, educators can help them on their individual paths. Understanding the many ways in which children grow forms the essence of good teaching. If you appreciate the ebbs and flows of development, you can teach children with more insight and confidence, and offer support and guidance to their parents and caregivers. Problems can arise, of course, in every child’s life.
Dr. Mayes’ reassuring approach helps educators understand the nature of a problem, how they can address it, and when and where to go for help with concerns such as learning disabilities, bullying, sibling rivalry, depression, anger, and other difficult feelings. This guide will be an incredible resource on every educator’s bookshelf.
Henry’s Freedom Box
A True Story from the Underground Railroad By Ellen Levine, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Grades 2-5
Henry “Box” Brown doesn’t know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves’ birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday, his first day of freedom.
By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Eric Velasquez Grades 4-7
Described as, “A winning portrait of both collector and his collection,” “Schomburg” is a picture book biography about the Afro-Puerto Rican law clerk who assembled an archive celebrating black culture.
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