Thursday, August 18, 2011

Separation: Supporting Children in their Preschool Transitions by Kathe Jervis and Barbara K. Polland


Updated in 2007, this favorite book offers explanations, practical tips, and encouragement for teachers and families of preschool children facing the excitement—and stress—of separation. Discusses ambivalence about separation and attachment, the comfort of routines, understanding the child perspective, supporting cultural and linguistic diversity, and more. With accessible language and engaging vignettes set both at home and in the classroom, this little book is just right for distributing to a program's teachers and parents.

My thoughts:
This year will be my second year of teaching preschool.  One of the many issues that I dealt with last year was the issue of students separating from parents to come to school.  Most of the students did this with very few issues.  When they talked about missing their mom or dad we could simply remind them that the parent would be back soon and we had so much fun stuff to do, they would get distracted by our current activity and before they knew it pick-up time had arrived.  For some students though this was a lot harder.  Because of that this seemed like a good book to read to get ready for the school year, to get some suggestions and ideas on how to deal with this more effectively this year.  Separation is something we all go through on a regular basis throughout life, and to teach children how to do so early on will help them for their whole lives.  Hopefully some of these tips will help ease the way for the students who have problems saying good-bye to mom or dad even for a little while.

•Pub. Date: November 2007
•Publisher: National Association for the Education of Young Children
•Format: Paperback , 83pp
•ISBN-13: 9781928896449
•ISBN: 1928896448

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