by Shirley Rempel|
I was introduced to Jeff Johnson and his work in Early Childhood Education a couple of years ago and I have to say he has become a mentor of sorts since that time.
I have read a number of Johnson's book in the past two years, but Babies in the Rain is absolutely one that has been the most impacting in regards to my early childhood education career at present. I currently have a 17 month old and a 2.5 year old in my family child care program (as well as two preschool aged children) and this book has been a great resource for my work.
Not only does Johnson give a ton of information about social and cognitive development throughout the book, it is very obvious how passionate he is about the field and education of the youngest of our society. The book is written in a very easy-to-read manner, and made me feel like I was right in a conference or workshop with Johnson. I love that each chapter has either a "Taking Care of Yourself" and "Taking Care of the Children" section with several practical tips related to self care and care of others.
The book had many memorable quotes but it was this one that resonated deeply for me:
"As a caregiver, a professional role model, and a lab assistant, you have great influence over their development. You can choose to help them play, explore, and discover in warm spring rains. You can choose to act with thoughtfulness and intention. You can choose to respectfully nurture their natural development. You can choose to make the right choice over the easy choice in any given moment. Please make choices that help the infants and toddlers in your life thrive." (p. 157)
A perfect way to end a fantastic read that NEEDS to be read by all those that work with infants and toddlers!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!