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1.14: Summary and Reflection

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    1. How do relationships influence infant and toddler development and learning? Why are interactions essential?
    2. What is the “curriculum” for infants and toddlers? How do the Massachusetts early learning guidelines for infants and toddlers support developmentally appropriate curricula for infants and toddlers?
    3. How should families be engaged as collaborative partners”? Why is it essential to engage families in developing and implementing individualized curriculum for infants and toddlers? How is this achieved?
    4. How does the educarer’s cultural competence impact children’s development and learning? How do language and culture influence development and learning?

    Brain research and early childhood development – A primer for developmentally appropriate practice. Gallagher (2005) explains many facts about brain development . As you read, reflect on this course. Also prepare for teaching infants and toddlers using developmentally appropriate strategies that will:

    • Support neural development
    • Reduce stress
    • Regulate emotions
    • Build Relationships

    What is one new fact you learned? How does the article support ethical conduct?

    Emergent curriculum for infants and toddlers highlights 6 stories of responsive emergent curriculum in infant and toddler classrooms. Friedman and Soltero (2006) highlight the unique nature and differences between planning and implementation of curriculum than what you may be familiar with in the preschool classroom. As you read think about how the infant or toddler teacher adjusts the curriculum to follow a child’s particular interest or need.

    How do program policies and procedures support appropriate staff-child ratios and group sizes so that responsive caregiving happens?

    How might you engage families in the process of curriculum development and implementation?

    How will you establish bi-directional communication with families, and regardless of the family’s home language?

    How will you ensure that diverse populations see themselves and their cultures reflected in your curriculum and learning environment?

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