An Introduction to Learning and Teaching introduces students to the exciting world of teaching children from birth through age 12. It covers such topics as the classroom environment, health and physical development, cognitive skills, language, literacy, creativity, mathematics and science, and emotional and social competence. This text focuses on child development as the foundation for learning about children and stresses the importance of providing instruction that is developmentally appropriate. This realistic and practical text offers readers the insight of experienced teachers as well as the theoretical foundations of educational principles. The text includes a variety of settings, including child care, preschool, Head Start, and public and private elementary schools.