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Volume 4, Number 4 - October 2016


S. E. T. Social Emotional Tools for Life: An early childhood teacherís guide to supporting strong emotional foundations and successful social relationships by Michelle M. Forrester and Kay M. Albrecht

The S. E. T. Social Emotional Tools for Life book, written by Michelle M. Forrester and Kay M. Albrecht aims to give early childhood teachers tools to support children’s social and emotional development. The S. E. T. Social Emotional Tools for Life book is packaged as an approach; however, it makes use of people, places and things that already exist in the early childhood setting. There is no need for fancy teaching materials, special classroom supplies or a specific education background. The strategies are not all new, some have been around for a while, and some are derived from play therapy. The same goes with the underlying theories behind the strategies. Understanding theoretical foundations and applying them to teaching is the basis of sound practice. Where some books were unsuccessful in bridging the theory and practice divide, Forrester and Albrecht have been able to marry theory and practice well. Theorising practice or practising theory, are explained in clear terms, in interesting and engaging ways, with a particular focus on social and emotional development.

 

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