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Children's Spirituality in Early Childhood Education
Theory to Practice

  • Available for pre-order on June 22, 2023. Item will ship after July 13, 2023
ISBN 9780367533335
July 13, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
160 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This pioneering volume provides a thorough understanding of children’s spirituality from a holistic development perspective and explores the ways early childhood educators can nurture spirituality in the secular classroom. Making a critical distinction between spirituality and religion, this book draws on conceptual and empirical research, as well as authentic classroom vignettes to explore how theory translates into practice. Inviting readers to examine how their beliefs inform their practices, Children’s Spirituality in Early Childhood Education offers a purposeful window into supporting children’s learning and development with a focus on their souls, making it important reading for teachers, teacher candidates, researchers, and teacher educators in the field of early childhood education.

Table of Contents

List of Figures  Acknowledgments  Forward by John Hochheimer  Preface  Introduction  Section I – What is Children’s Spirituality?  Chapter 1 - Defining Spirituality and Differentiating it from Religion  Chapter 2 - Understanding Children’s Spirituality in the Literature and Research  Section II – Spirituality in the Classroom - What do the Teachers say?  Chapter 3 - Looking into Early Childhood Teachers’ Perceptions of Nurturing Spirituality  Chapter 4 - How Ms. Escarfuller’s Spirituality Informs Her Pedagogy  Chapter 5 - Spiritual Vignettes from Ms. Escarfuller’s Classroom  Section III – Tying it All Together  Chapter 6 - How can we nurture children’s spirituality in secular settings?  Chapter 7 - Spirituality as the North Star for Early Childhood Education: Where do we go from here?

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Jennifer Mata-McMahon is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Director of the Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.

Patricia Escarfuller holds an AMI Montessori Elementary Teacher diploma and a K-12 Art Teacher, Elementary Education endorsed certification. She currently serves as a PreK-5th grade bilingual educator at Lakeland Elementary Middle School, USA.