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Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect

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On many of the Our Neighborhood best books lists,  Dear Parent offers a beautiful invitation for new parents to prepare for a new baby without the guilt that is so prevalent in our society. “Dear Parent” was the first resource that inspired Our Neighborhood’s exploration and adoption of the RIE, Resources for Infant Educarers, principles.…

Crucial Conversations

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The first of the the VitalSmarts books that we discovered Crucial Conversations is a powerful resource and one that could hold a place on any leader or team member’s shelf for years. This would make a great gift to any graduate and we use it as a first anniversary gift for teachers. Patterson balances well…

Conscious Discipline

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A must read for new teachers. Makes the research really clear, accessible and practical. Conscious Discipline is the emotional self-regulation program we use at Our Neighborhood.  It’s a life-changing read that is thoughtfully written and based on solid brain research. The model is specific. The book, the philosophy underlying the approach, and the examples provided…

Balanced and Barefoot

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Amazing resource for parents or teachers interested in supporting children’s physical development. Angela Hanscom packed Balanced and Barefoot with research into the importance of movement for all aspects of learning and development. I found it especially interesting Hanscom’s evaluation of the research into sensory processing disorders and the possibilities to support children of differing needs.…

Baby Knows Best

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Our first recommendation for expecting families, an Our Neighborhood favorite. “Baby Knows Best” clearly explains the principles of RIE, Resources for Infant Educarers, through the eyes of the modern world. Deborah Carlisle Solomon outlines the tenets of RIE with specific details and stories to help parents begin to reflect on the parent they want to…

The Art of Awareness

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One of the best resources out there for teachers to develop their documentation and observation practices. Margie and Deb are early childhood heros that are able to articulate so well how to move towards reflective teaching. This is a book you want to buy, have on the shelf, and you will reference again and again.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

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This is a valuable book for all parents, especially as children approach 3 years of age and continue to grow. “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” provides specific skills to parents that support respectful and cooperative family relationships. If you have established peaceful parenting practices and are continuing…

1, 2, 3 The Toddler Years

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“1, 2, 3… The Toddler Years” is a fabulous resource for parents of budding toddlers. This book will help you see your growing toddler as strong and capable while providing you skills to understand your child and support your child to cooperate. This is a great read for parents who want to build peaceful, respectful,…