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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Early Childhood Education / Teaching Methods Use the Project Approach to engage toddlers’ interests, guide in-depth explorations, and help children embrace learning Toddlers and two-year-olds are in a fluid and dynamic state of development. They have a sense of wonder that is easily activated, and they are always ready to learn. In this book, you will learn how to use hands-on creative projects to engage very young children’s interests and nurture their unique ways of exploring and learning. You will be inspired to implement your own project-based curriculum, recognize and respond to children’s innate ability to create, and support their curiosity and self-discovery. This book • Reviews the major theories of toddler development • Outlines basic goals and guidelines for applying those theories as you set up your space, select materials, develop your curriculum, and incorporate the Project Approach • Presents twelve art projects—from simple to complex—with narratives describing the processes in action as children participate in them This book is a must for teachers of very young children. Todd Wanerman easily weaves his theoretical understanding through the practical suggestions he offers to enrich young children’s experiences with art. His approach makes the process of working with children’s journeys—from chaos to cohesion—feel very doable. Wanerman invites teachers to develop young children’s sense of belonging to a community of learners where art is among the most satisfying and worthwhile of life experiences. —Sylvia C. Chard, PhD COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL ISBN 978-1-60554-123-5 $29.95