This book documents the development of the school and its programs. It spells out, in detail, Mrs. Kunimura’s thinking on the relationship of brain development to learning activities and the need to coordinate them. She provides clear descriptions of the program, the setting, the handling of specific behaviors, and gives numerous examples of interactions with the children. The book not only contains extensive material on early childhood development but provides information about parental involvement and suggestions that are particularly helpful to parents in their ongoing childrearing. The roles of teachers and aides in the program receive particular focus, with examples of interactions, “tips” for handling specific behaviors, and the recognition of all personnel’s important parts in providing the continuity of positive reinforcement and creative activity in early childhood.
Mrs. Kunimura’s approach is a mid-ground between the “free play” and “regimented” philosophies of preschool education. While the program contains many fairly well-structured provisions and “steps”, there is also the opportunity for much free play, creativity and free choices. Throughout her account, she makes a clear statement of the most universally accepted child development principles based on available scientific knowledge and research. Additionally, this book combines the theoretical and the “how-to” in a manner that is helpful to teachers, parents and preschool directors alike—and it is very readable!
Beyond the Sandbox: Preschool Matters both challenges early childhood education to grow and change and demonstrates ways to do so.
Ruth S. Smith
The Kauai Longitudinal Study
After having moved to Kauai, I had heard the wonderful reputation of K.I.D.S. preschool, but really had no firsthand knowledge of its inner workings. This was short lived as I started doing consultation and assessments on various kindergarten students on the island. What I noticed appeared almost like a phenomenon—I could tell by the students’ readiness, behavioral and social skills which students had participated in K.I.D.S. preschool. Not only did they appear significantly more prepared for kindergarten in all these areas, many appeared to have problem-solving skills beyond their current age level. This brought me to go and see what the school was doing differently than other preschools in the area. The answer was clear—the school used child development practices and theories rather than outdated early childhood ones. You can imagine my delight when Phyllis told me she was writing a book to describe what K.I.D.S. preschool does. This groundbreaking book will question the current dominant practice surrounding early childhood and offer insight into how to incorporate modern development theory, brain research and what really is best for children. Those who would find this particularly useful are practitioners, trainers, students, researchers, policy makers, and anyone interested in how to make early childhood education work.
Kelly Knudsen, M.A.
State of Hawaii Behavioral Specialist; Administrator for Social Services and Special Education for Kauai; Professor of Early Childhood and Child Development at Kauai Community College; Professor, University
of Hawaii for Behavior Science
We are currently working with Amazon to sell the book online. You can order the book as of now by emailing the author Phyllis Kunimura at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beyond the Sandbox
Beyond the Sandbox is a book that documents and shares the strategies and program details currently used at K.I.D.S. School. In this book, parents, grandparents, preschool and daycare personnel, people training in child development and education of young children will find practical, easily adapted procedures and examples of how the children's behaviors are improved.
This book is written in story form, illustrated with photos and teachers' vignettes, and full of practical information. Mrs. Kunimura writes with a conviction that inspires readers to help young children become successful adults.