Publications & Videos

Literacy In The Preschool Years: A Play Based Approach

By Claire Bainer and Gail Meyers

Literacy in the Preschool Years: A Play Based Approach DVD and Study Guide will help preschool teachers explain how pre-literacy develops in children’s play, building their capacity not only to learn to read but also to become enthusiastic life-long learners.


Second Home: A Day in the Life of a Model Early Childhood Program

By Claire Bainer and Liisa Hale

Redleaf Press, 2007

Available at

Poised to reinvent mainstream views of quality child care, Second Home narrates a typical day’s activities at BlueSkies, to help teach providers how to create thoughtful and developmentally appropriate programs that incorporate the best qualities of a loving home and the cognitive challenges of a preschool.  A chapter for each age group—from infants to five-year-olds—describes typical teacher-child interactions, with an explanation of the research supporting the teachers’ methods.

Beyond the Curriculum: How Responsive Relationships and Thoughtful Teaching Enhance Quality

By BlueSkies for Children (formerly Association of Children’s Services), 2003

Available on VHS and DVD through special order

Creating the calm yet productive classroom involves an understanding of children’s relationships with the teacher, other children, and their environment. Beyond the Curriculum presents a child-centered approach that shows how creating a relationship-based foundation to curriculum planning gives children the social and emotional reference they need to become active, engaged, responsible learners and members of society.


Growing Through Play: Cognitive and Social Development

By BlueSkies for Children (formerly Association of Children’s Services), 1991

Available on VHS and DVD at

Growing Through Play gives you a guided tour of how children learn important cognitive and social skills through their play, from preliteracy skills to social interaction. Containing authentic footage of children in a diverse classroom setting, this instructional video shows each of Mildred Parten’s Stages of Play in action and makes the connection between each stage of play and how it relates to the learning styles of children of different ages. Growing Through Play also demonstrates the role well planned environments play in a child’s successful progression throughout the different stages of play.

Visiting Kindergarten and Knowing What You See

By Claire Bainer

This guide is designed to help you on your visits. You will find the clues I look for and an explanation of what these signs are telling you. These tips will help you make the most of your visit and will help you as you choose the best fir for your child and your family. You can follow the “what to look for – what to ask” matrix and use the note-taking pages at the end to organize your thoughts and observations.

Kindergarten is an exciting new adventure. I hope this booklet is a useful tool as you visit potential schools to determine the best fit for your child and your family.

From Diapers to Underpants

By Claire Bainer and Liisa Hale

Young Children, The Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Volume 55, Number 4, July 2000

Why Is My Preschooler Breaking the Rules?

by Reshma Memon Yaqub

Claire Bainer’s wisdom regarding the sometimes-challenging behavior of four- and five-year-olds is heavily cited in this article in the July 2007 issue of Parents Magazine.

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