Book Review Group 14 11/16/15

Rethinking Early Childhood Education

Edited by Ann Pelo

What we read:

Part 1

“What Color is Beautiful?” (Alejandro Segura-Mora, 3-6)

“Why an Anti-Bias Curriculum” (Louise Derman-Sparks, 7-12)

“Developmental Themes, Tasks, and Goals in Anti-Bias Work” (Margie Carter and Deb Curtis, 13-16)

“Raising Issues of Race with Young Children” (Rita Tenorio, 17-22)

“Using Persona Dolls to Help Children Develop Anti-Bias Attitudes” (Trisha Whitney, 23-28)

“Where Are the Game Girls” (Ann Pelo, 35-40)

“Rethinking the Three Little Pigs” (Ellen Wolpert, 41-42)

“What if all the Kids are White?: Anti-Bias Themes for Teaching Young Children” (Louise Derman-Sparks and Patricia Ramsey, 43-48)

“Unwrapping the Holidays: Reflections on a Difficult First Year” (Dale Weiss, 49-54)

Part 2

Part 3

“Testing Lang” (Amy Gutowski, 113-114)

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

“Welcoming Kalenna: Making Our Students Feel at Home” (Laura Linda Negri-Pool, 161-170)

“Talking the Talk: Integrating Indigenous Languages into a Head Start Classroom” (Cathis DeWeese-Parkinson, 175-176)

 

(We chose to read stories that were based closely on what we were learning in class so we could relate the readings to the articles we read for class)

 

Review

     In summary, the chapters that we read in the book were a collection of stories that taught about dealing with social justice and teaching young children. The majority of the stories we read were from Part One, which talked about anti-bias and culturally sensitive teaching and learning. The book shows us how, as early childhood educators, how to be activist for all different types of families and students in our classroom, while providing a nurturing and empathetic environment. The stories provide us an opportunity to rethink early childhood educational practices.

     We overall really enjoyed the book and all of the advice and emotional stories it had to offer. We liked the fact that the book gave us difficult situations and then offered solutions to these problems. The book gave us new ideas about ways of thinking. There are so many lesson plans and ideas that the book provided to further our effectiveness in the classroom. It is full of progressive stories that engaged us to want to read more. It allowed us to critically think about subjects and the hidden bias that we may not have thought about if we didn’t read the book. The book overall improved our understanding of touchy subjects in education. We think that the book is an excellent teaching guide for new and old teachers.We were not able to finish the book, but we will continue reading the book on our own because it is a great resource.

 

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