The differences between boys and girls, in development and attitude to learning are well documented, and a formalised early curriculum emphasises these differences. The abilities of most girls to meet goals for learning at an earlier age may result in a tendency to focus on trying to teach boys to learn like girls, instead of recognising their unique gifts and abilities. If we are to help boys to become strong, competent learners from an early age, we must resist the temptation to feel sorry for them. We must dispel the myths about 'under-achievement', challenge stereotypical views of gender, and recognise the unique strengths and abilities of young boys.
Sally Featherstone has a wealth of experience as a teacher, head
teacher and a local authority adviser and inspector. In recent years,
alongside her activities in publishing, Sally has continued to build a
national reputation as a trainer and consultant in the Primary and
Early Years field.
'This book cleverly addresses the issues surrounding the development and learning of young boys. It features a series of stories (which are an absolute joy to read)…this special book empowers practitioners getting into the mindset of different boys in order to better understand how we can meet thier needs in our continuous provision for them.'
Early Years Educator (June 2010)
'This is an interesting book which provides the reader with an insight into the "unique child"…Readers will be able to relate to the "characters" described in these stories, which will help them to gain a better understanding of the boys in their early years setting.'
Early Years Update (April 2011)