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Teaching and Learning with Infants and Toddlers: Where Meaning-Making Begins

By Mary Jane Maguire-Fong

Forward by J. Ronald Lally

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This groundbreaking book explores infants’ amazing capacity to learn and presents a reflective approach to teaching inspired by early childhood schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Each chapter draws from research and real-life infant care settings to illustrate how infants are robust investigators, intent on making sense of the world around them.

Designed for pre- and in-service early childhood professionals, the book contains valuable insights into how to design an infant care program, plan curricula, assess learning, and work with families. The book also provides easy-to-understand answers to questions such as:

  • What do early childhood professionals need to know about how the brain develops during infancy?
  • What does teaching look like with children under age 3?
  • How do babies figure out the complex code of language, including the acquisition of multiple languages?
  • Does a baby’s experience have anything to do with later success in school and in life?
  • What kinds of play materials support infants’ learning?
  • What kinds of policies and practices lead to successful group-care programs for infants?

Other features include vignettes, photographs of infant classrooms, diagrams and instructive charts, research highlights, and questions for reflection.

J. Ronald Lally, former Co-Director of the Center for Child & Family Studies at WestEd, contributed the foreword.

Resource Details

Product Information

ISBN: 978-0-8077-5619-5
Copyright: 2015
Format: Trade Paper
Pages: 192
Publisher: Teachers College Press

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Praise for this Resource

  • “From its clear explanation of the developing brain of a baby to its enlightened presentation on the art of reflective child care, I see how many times I will use this work as a resource. . . . Building on key research from infant development, psychology, and neuroscience, Maguire-Fong invites reflection on what it means to teach and to learn when working with infants and toddlers.”

    J. Ronald Lally, Center for Child & Family Studies at WestEd
  • “Mary Jane Maguire-Fong explores deeply the connections between state-of-the-art science on young children’s development, public policies affecting families, and best practice in the care and education of very young children. Teaching and Learning with Infants and Toddlers is filled with so many great ideas, evocative illustrations, and practical considerations—all knit together in an almost lyrical narrative style. A wonderful, necessary read for anyone interested in supporting our youngest children.”

    Ross A. Thompson, University of California, Davis