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Emotional Literacy in the Early Years

Emotional Literacy in the Early Years

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September 2010 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Emotional literacy and health and wellbeing have been placed at the heart of good practice by the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England, and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland, and this book provides clear guidance and lots of practical strategies for how to implement this ethos in your setting.

Offering an explanation of emotional literacy, why it matters and how to make it happen in practice, this book looks at ways to promote and develop emotional literacy with young children through:

- Circle Time

- drama

- storytelling

- physical education

- outdoor play

- active learning

It highlights the benefits of this ethos for all, and looks at how the emotionally literate setting supports inclusion and promotes achievement. Full of case studies of children aged 3 to 8, ideas for practice, photographs, points for reflection, photocopiable materials, and accompanied by a wide range of downloadable material available on the SAGE website, this is an indispensable guide for the early years practitioner.

It is highly relevant to those looking at the transition from Early Years to Primary education, as well as the social, emotional and behavioural needs of young children.

Why Emotional Literacy is Good for Your School
Emotional Literacy as an Approach to Learning and Teaching
How an Emotionally Literate Approach Can Support Inclusion
Using Emotional Literacy across the Curriculum
The Role of the Adult
Implications for Practice

'Daily issues, challenges, dilemmas and struggles in all settings, present themselves in a very identifiable way in this text...Very useful particularly for those looking at the transition from early years education into primary education [highlighting] the benefits of developing emotional literacy for all, and looks at how the emotionally-literate setting supports inclusion and promotes achievement' -
Early Years Educator

'Christine Bruce's book will become a 'must read' for practitioners and students alike. Her common sense approach makes this book highly readable, linking theory to sound and relevant practice that is instantly transferable to the classroom. The chapters are well illustrated with photographs, charts and personal journal extracts, which encourage practitioners to reflect, ensuring emotional literacy becomes part of their thinking and daily vocabulary' -
Bryonie Williams, Foundation Stage Leader and Reception Class Teacher, Matchborough First School

A clear and engaging introduction to emotional literacy. This book includes a wealth of engaging case studies and photographs which allow students to connect theory and practice in an accessible way.

Ms Ruth Hunt
Cass School of Education, University of East London
July 2, 2014

This book will be essential to the new Early Years Educator qualifications and I am recommending copies held in the Library

Mrs Sue Kinsella
Child Studies, York College
April 1, 2014

This book is practical to learn about action research and how to present them.

Mrs Anna Hreidarsdottir
School of humanitis and social sciences, University of Akureyri
December 13, 2013

A very strong text with good examples and means of supporting children to develop their emotional literacy

Ms Yasmin Stefanov-King
Scarborough School of Education, Hull University
September 4, 2013

I would recommend this book to all practitioners working in the early years.

AACATS, Ystrad Mynach College
August 15, 2013

A useful book that will be helpful to dissertation students who have chosen this topical subject. Useable with ideas for lesson plans, electronic resources. Good use of photographs.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
July 10, 2013

This text is clearly written and provides a good overview of the theory and history concerning emotional literacy, as well as providing some lovely examples of how emotional literacy can be introduced to the classroom.

Miss Sandra Lyndon
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
April 9, 2013

This is a very practical text with useful ideas for professionals working in the field. The text includes information from a research study, but I felt the findings were not always made clear.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
February 16, 2013

Well presented. Key concepts very clearly explained.

Dr Sally Robinson
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Canterbury Christ Church University
February 12, 2013

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