1. “What to an uninformed observer may look like a world of chaos and mindlessness is to the child the serious work of creating a personal existence” (Ayers, 1989, p. 28). Based on your reading of Chapters 2 and 3 of The Good Preschool Teacher, describe two goals of a quality infant/toddler care and education program and two ways caregivers/teachers can help reach such goals.
Two goals of quality care programs and reaching those goals include: Ensuring cultural congruency & ensuring that professionals possess appropriate knowledge. Reaching these goals include ensuring that each student’s culture remains rooted to their learning process & strongly evaluating staff and keeping their knowledge up to date.
2. “The hardest part of infant-toddler education is trying to explain it to people who think learning only comes from school-like activities” (Gonzalez-Mena & Eyer, 2007, p. 41). Using examples from this week’s readings, describe three activities/interactions that exemplify quality infant/toddler “learning.”
Three learning activities that exemplify quality infant/ toddler learning are: small/large group times, play/ learning centers, and daily routines. In small/ large groups they are able to demonstrate sharing experiences. It also gives great communication skills such as singing, talking, and listening with their peers. Play/ learning centers give the, freedom to explore their personal areas of interest. Daily routines get them in the habit of what is required of them daily, all while promoting phonological awareness.
3. The authors of the article “The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3” ask whether it is possible to predict how children will do in school based on their lives at age 2. Consider what you have learned from this article. Then respond to the authors’ question and explain why this information is important to infant/toddler teachers, care, and education programs.