The Handbook of the Study of Play

The Handbook of the Study of Play brings together in two volumes thinkers whose diverse interests at the leading edge of scholarship and practice define the current field. Because play is an activity that humans have shared across time, place, and culture and in their personal developmental timelines—and because this...

Authentic relationships in group Care for Infants and Toddlers

Underpinned by substantive research on meeting the developmental and attachment needs of infants, this book offers constructive advice on how to encourage curiosity, confidence and emotional security in young children. Based on a philosophy of respect and sensitive observation of infants, it is appropriate for use in Sure Start programmes....

Children at Play: An American History

A chronological history of children's playtime over the last 200 years If you believe the experts, “child’s play”; is serious business. From sociologists to psychologists and from anthropologists to social critics, writers have produced mountains of books about the meaning and importance of play. But what do we know about...

The Kingdom of Childhood: Growing up at the Sudbury Valley School

What do students say about life at Sudbury Valley? This book is a remarkable series of vivid personal recollections of school, in the words of former students. Drawn from comprehensive, reflective interviews, each account presents a picture of school days from the unique perspective of a student, telling what they...

Waldorf Schools and the History of Steiner Education: An International View of 100 years

Traces the evolution of Steiner education and Waldorf schools as they have developed across the last century Analyses how its original philosophy has been maintained against competing global trends in education Examines how the schools retain their own distinctive identity and how alternative education can be viewed

Your Self-Confident Baby How to Encourage Your Child’s Natural Abilities — From the Very Start

Respect. Honor. Esteem. These words aren’t usually associated with young babies. Yet it is widely agreed that these concepts are vital later in life. A child’s personality is largely formed in the first three years. Her outlook on the world is being shaped. Why not engage in a respectful relationship...

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