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135201 (Book and DVD Set)
978-1-929610-92-1 (Book and DVD Set)
Age Focus: 0–5
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Learn how to replicate a thoughtfully designed, developmentally appropriate learning environment—one in which young children are engaged in responsive, nurturing relationships with caregivers and peers. Second Home offers an intimate account of a typical day in such a setting. Age-specific chapters describe children's interactions with teachers and peers and the teachers' roles in creating a rich, harmonious environment for play. Also discussed are:

  • the history and theory behind play-based, child-centered teaching
  • the importance of routines, rules, and transitions
  • how to build trusting family-teacher relationships
  • how to train and inspire staff

The accompanying DVD offers on-site vignettes that vividly illustrate the teaching concepts, as well as a video that provides an overview of BlueSkies for Children, a culturally diverse early childhood program in Oakland, California.

DVD: 84 minutes and Book: 296 pages

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About Claire Copenhagen Bainer

Claire Copenhagen Bainer holds an MA in early childhood education and has taught in preschool classrooms and at the college level for 30 years. She has been the codirector of BlueSkies for Children, more..

About Liisa Hale

Liisa Hale has a BA from Mills College and has been the codirector of BlueSkies for Children, an NAEYC accredited program, since 1995. She carries preliminary responsibility for administration, more..