This book continues a tradition of offering future teachers of children ages 2 to 5 a complete, developmental approach to early childhood education...giving them the specific skills they need to function effectively with the children in their care. This popular book is unique in that it combines a practical, realistic approach with a firm foundation in pertinent research topics. Rather than stressing such curriculum topics as art or science, this book focusses on the whole child and what he/she needs from the learning environment in order to thrive. It pictures the child as being made up of selves - emotional, social, physical, creative, and cognitive...examines each of those selves in turn...and recommends methods and materials for enhancing growth in each area. Includes a new chapter on the emergent approach to fostering cognitive skills.Hendrick, Joanne is the author of 'Whole Child' with ISBN 9780023531507 and ISBN 0023531509.