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Understanding Family Diversity And Home-school Relations

RRP $302.99

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How can adults in Early Years settings and primary schools fully embrace the diverse nature of family life of the children they are working with?

This essential text will help students and those already working with children to understand both theoretically and practically, what may constitute a 'family'. It explores how to build relationships with a child's family to ensure early years settings and schools are working in partnership with children's home environments, thereby supporting the best possible learning outcomes for children.

It will help the reader to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of their professional practice in education, and chapter by chapter explores the challenges that may be experienced in working with the diverse nature of family life in the UK, including:

  • mixed race families
  • immigrant, refugee and asylum seeker families
  • step-families and step-parenting
  • gay and lesbian families
  • families and adoption
  • fostering and children in care
  • families living in poverty
  • families and bereavement
  • families and disability (including mental health).

Understanding Family Diversity and Home-School Relations is engagingly practical, using case study examples throughout, and providing reflective activities to help the reader consider how to develop their practice in relation to the insights this book provides. It is a unique road-map to understanding pupils' backgrounds, attitudes and culture and will be essential reading for any student undertaking relevant Foundation and BA Degrees, including those in initial teacher training, taking post-graduate qualifications or as part of a practitioner's professional development.


How To Make A Home

RRP $19.99

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At a time when work and home life are becoming increasingly blurred, and modern technology brings the realm of the public into what used to be a personal and private space, Ed Hollis looks at what it means to make a home in today's world.

Exploring the meaning of private and public space, the importance we place on physical objects and the demands we make of our home environment, How to Make a Home challenges us to re-imagine the concept of home and hearth.

About the Author

Edward Hollis is an architect, a teacher and a writer, whose books include The Secret Lives of Buildings and The Memory Palace: A Book of Lost Interiors. He lives in Edinburgh, where he is Reader in Interior Design and Deputy Director of Research at Edinburgh College of Art in the University of Edinburgh.


Home Gardener's No-dig Raised Bed Gardens

RRP $14.99

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Home Gardener's No-Dig Raised Bed Gardens is the essential guide to gardening successfully with the minimum amount of digging and weeding. For those without the time or stamina to spend hours maintaining a garden, horticulture experts Alan and Gill Bridgewater show how to make raised beds, build up layers of soil with mushroom compost, cover weeds with mulch, protect plants with nets and plastic, and much more. The text is thoroughly practical and advocates using organic methods where possible. This book is a must for busy gardeners everywhere. It is ideal for first time gardeners who want to learn the basics, and it is perfect for busy and older gardeners looking for simple, no-nonsense gardening methods.


Thermal Analysis And Design Of Passive Solar Buildings

RRP $442.99

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Passive solar design techniques are becoming increasingly important in building design. This design reference book takes the building engineer or physicist step-by-step through the thermal analysis and design of passive solar buildings. In particular it emphasises two important topics: the maximum utilization of available solar energy and thermal storage, and the sizing of an appropriate auxiliary heating/cooling system in conjunction with good thermal control. Thermal Analysis and Design of Passive Solar Buildings is an important contribution towards the optimization of buildings as systems that act as natural filters between the indoor and outdoor environments, while maximizing the utilization of solar energy. As such it will be an essential source of information to engineers, architects, HVAC engineers and building physicists.


Growing Up In A Broken Home

RRP $27.50

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This book is all about the trials and tribulations one man goes through and gets to a point where I question how much more one person can go through. There is a saying, "God does not give us more than we can handle." This gets pushed to the limit on how much is enough. It is only by the grace of God that I got through it. This book only contains half of my life, and I went through more in half my life than most people do in all of their life. I learned as time went on that it is faith that got me through, and you will learn that faith will get you through. Even when you think you can't go through any more, God will you get you through anything. You will read what God got me through.



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