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Getting It Right From the Start: The Principal's Guide to Early Childhood Education

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This accessible manual is perfect for all educators looking for ways to prepare their youngest students for future learning success. Blending research-based content with practical applications, this comprehensive guide shows principals and other educators how to recognize and create successful early childhood programs in their schools to ensure that young learners are ready to enter kindergarten. The authors provide an inside view of the early childhood field, touching on key areas of operation and discussing ways to avoid common pitfalls. From Corwin Press.

Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms

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This book will help you understand what it means to be exceptionally bright in preschool and prekindergarten and help you guide children to reach their full potential. It includes three broad strategies—differentiation, conversation, and connection—for creating rich and satisfying learning experiences that meet the needs of all children. Use these techniques to adapt your practices, challenge children to think more deeply, and create opportunities for children to learn from each other throughout your literacy, math, and science curricula. You will also learn assessment methods that can help you identify exceptionally bright children and techniques to support children's social-emotional development and strengthen your partnerships with families. Copublished with Redleaf Press.

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From Play to Practice: Connecting Teachers' Play to Children's Learning

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How do we help teachers deepen their understanding of the importance of play? How do we strengthen teachers’ ability to skillfully and intentionally guide children’s learning through play? When teachers engage in creative, open-ended play experiences, they learn firsthand the power of play. They also become more knowledgeable about the purposeful use of materials and intentional teaching strategies they can use to help children engage in open-ended play.

From Play to Practice describes how and why play is important. The play workshop experiences for educators that are outlined in the book help teachers understand and promote play-based learning as part of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs. Journal reflections of play participants, along with photos from play workshops, illustrate the power of play to change professional and personal lives.

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Preschoolers

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Teachers of preschoolers can use this resource to learn about developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) so they can apply DAP in their work with preschoolers. Filled with information, practical ideas, and inspiration, this is a book that every preschool teacher will want! 

Chapters include:

  • What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice? 
    Key messages of NAEYC's position statement
  • To Be an Excellent Teacher
    Connecting DAP to excellent teaching 
  • An Overview of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in the Preschool Years
    Overview of preschoolers' learning and development
  • Developmentally Appropriate Examples to Consider 
    Examples of key DAP practices, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well
  • FAQs about Developmentally Appropriate Practice  
    Responses to common questions
  • Young Children articles 
    Seven articles from Young Children that provide examples of applying developmentally appropriate practice when working with preschoolers

Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners: Approaches to Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom

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Children’s “approaches to learning”—interest, joy, persistence, flexibility, self-regulation, engagement, and motivation to learn—make up a key dimension of school readiness. Research shows that positive approaches to learning improve social-emotional and academic outcomes. With images of practice in diverse settings, Hyson illustrates the possibility of building greater enthusiasm and engagement through relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment strategies, and family communication. Copublished with Teachers College Press. 

A Great Place to Work: Creating a Healthy Organizational Climate

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Early childhood program administrators often have a global impression that things are going well or not so well at their center, but they lack specific feedback on just what the different areas of the organization contribute to those impressions. This updated and expanded edition helps directors define more precisely how 10 dimensions of a center shape the quality of work life for staff. From New Horizons. 

Follow Me Too: A Handbook of Movement Activities for Three- to Five-Year-Olds

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Active movement games encourage cooperative learning, and teamwork. The book includes the research and theory behind using movement games in early childhood programs, 49 field-tested games, adaptations for responding to individual abilities and needs, a chart of perceptual-motor skills involved in each game, suggestions for parent involvement, and directions for making inexpensive equipment.

Powerful Interactions: How to Connect With Children to Extend Their Learning

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Bestseller! In early childhood settings, children and teachers interact all day long. The benefits to everyone — teachers and children — will be huge if just some of those “everyday” interactions can become intentional and purposeful Powerful Interactions!

  1. In step one of a Powerful Interaction, Be Present, you pause to tune in to how you are feeling, and consider how you might need to adjust to create a “just-right” fit with a child.
  2. In step two, Connect, you let that child know that you see him; are interested in what he is doing, saying, and thinking; and want to spend time with him.
  3. In step three, Extend Learning, you make use of your strong connection with the child to stretch his knowledge, skills, thinking, or language and vocabulary just a bit.

This reflective guide contains everything you need to understand what Powerful Interactions are, how to make them happen, and why they are so important in increasing children’s learning and your effectiveness as a teacher. Whether you work in a child care center or home, Early Head Start or Head Start program, preschool or early primary classroom, you make a difference in the lives of children and families—and Powerful Interactions can make that difference even bigger.

Activities for School-Age Child Care: Playing and Learning (Rev. ed.)

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More and more schools and centers are adding after-school programs, and so more and more activity ideas are needed. Try out hundreds of activities for children from ages 5 to 10 in all subject areas from knitting, cooking, and dramatic play to gardening, science, and woodworking. These entertaining and educating activities will help your after-school center work more effectively with children, parents, staff, and community.

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