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Our Handbook: "Nurturing Human Growth"

For many years the handbook we created at Sierra Madre Community Nursery School, "Nurturing Human Growth", has been used by colleges and early childhood teaching programs througout the country. Now in its third printing, this valuable text is available for purchase by interested nursery schools, libraries, universities, parents and others.

It is a book about human beings, each worthy of celebration. In it, we share our philosophy and understanding of the unfolding of the human being. We show how a school program based on our philosophy is developed for children, parents and other adults, and offer practical suggestions for parents to use at home or school. In addition, we provide a supplement of informative material. Please see below for a complete table of contents.

Click here to read exerpts from the handbook.


Per copy: $12 plus $3 shipping and handling

To order:

Send your name, address, phone number and email address (or your purchase order), along with a check for the appropriate amount made out to:

Sierra Madre Community Nursery School (SMCNS)

and send it to us at:

701 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

"Nurturing Human Growth" - Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Our School
  • The Value of a Cooperative Nursery School

The Human Background

  • The Philosophy: Cues from Nature, Loving-Caring-Trusting
  • Unfolding: Physical Unfolding, Social Unfolding, Emotional Unfolding, Intellectual Unfolding
  • The Essence of the Self
  • The People: Children, Parents, Teachers

The Program

  • The Value of Play
  • The Elements of the Children's Program: Movement, Art, Blocks, Carpentry, Cooking, Dramatic Play, Language, Literature, Music, Science, Earth Sand and Water, Small Settings, Field Trips, Holidays
  • Working With Children and Parents at School: Interacting with the Child, Enabling and Understanding the Child, The Parent Education Program.

Toward Understanding

  • About Emotions: Some Descriptions, Tensional Outlets - Nature's Way, Trouble Times.
  • A Collection of Concerns: Disipline, Punishment, Watching Television, Sexual Curiosity, Damaging Tactics, Labeling, Lying, Sibling Rivalry, Sharing, Manners, Mealtimes, Getting Dressed, Bedtime, Confrontations, Encountering a Handicapped Person, The Learnable Moment
  • Enhancing the Parent-Child Relationship: Are Your Needs Interfering with the Growth of Your Child? Cutting Down on Frustrations, Everyday Opportunities Presented by a Child Which Enhance the Parent-Child Relationship.