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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!

  • 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.
  • 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. Deepening your relationship this way helps the child feel safe, confident, and open to learning. Staying connected and observant helps you make good decisions in step three.
  • 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.

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Class Meetings: Young Children Solving Problems Together

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Have you tried involving children in class meetings for working out the conflicts and problems that arise? It's a great way to build classroom community and promote children's problem-solving skills. The authors' guidance and practical strategies are effective with children in preschool through the early grades. Great for bilingual classrooms too!

 

The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Classrooms

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In an engaging, reader-friendly style, the author describes developmentally appropriate guidance in the encouraging classroom. With this approach, teachers think beyond the kind of conventional classroom discipline that aims merely to keep children in line?and often fails even to do that! Gartrell shows teachers how to help children develop lifelong skills such as mutual acceptance and cooperation, creative and peaceful problem-solving strategies, and acceptable ways to express difficult emotions. Includes a special chapter on guidance with boys. Copublished with Thomson Delmar Learning.

Guiding Children's Behavior: Developmental Discipline in the Classroom

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Guiding Children's Behavior is a comprehensive guide to classroom management, emphasizing observation as the best way to determine developmentally appropriate interventions. By following a process for observing children, educators will learn how to see beyond children?s manifest behavior to focus on their motivations, needs, and interests. Featuring a series of chapters organized by age, from birth through elementary school, this book helps teachers to individualize discipline practices; offers supportive vignettes and a menu of developmentally appropriate strategies that teachers can choose from; includes a training module to help teachers, administrators, and parents work together to create more consistency between home and school; and provides useful forms. From Teachers College Press. 

Spotlight on Young Children and Language

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Language is central to children?s development on all fronts. Research confirms that a rich language environment in the early years is key to children?s success in many areas. Yet many children lack such language learning opportunities, unless they find them in their early childhood program. The engaging, research-based articles in this book describe powerful ways to promote oral language throughout the early childhood curriculum. This beautifully produced resource also includes a list of top resources in the area and carefully designed questions and activities to aid students and other readers in reflecting on the articles.

Spotlight on Young Children and Math

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Too often as early childhood teachers we give math short shrift (although we like to say that ?Math is everywhere in my classroom!"). All of the highly readable articles here, collected from Young Children, reflect the research-based recommendations for practice in NAEYC?s joint position statement with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The authors offer proven strategies to introduce key mathematics concepts, foster problem solving and mathematical thinking, and encourage use of math across the curriculum. This attractive resource also includes a list of top resources in the area and carefully designed questions and activities to aid students and other readers in reflecting on the articles.

The Great Outdoors: Restoring Children's Right to Play Outside

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New edition now available! For many school-age children, outdoor experiences are very limited. The author compellingly argues for ensuring that children have outdoor play and learning opportunities, describes exciting playgrounds in the U.S. and other countries, and provides practical information on safety, accessibility, and curriculum.

Literacy and the Youngest Learner: Best Practices for Educators of Children from Birth to 5

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Literacy?the ability to listen, speak, read, and write?begins developing long before children enter elementary school. Catherine Snow states in the foreword: ?Every early childhood setting needs a copy of this book,? and we agree. This volume will support teachers as they work to meet new literacy standards in developmentally appropriate ways, offering guidance on building essential skills such as oral language and phonological awareness and useful suggestions for dramatic play areas, book nooks, writing centers, and other spaces that together create a literacy-rich environment. From Scholastic.

Nurturing Knowledge: Building a Foundation for School Success by Linking Early Literacy to Math, Science, Art, and Social Studies

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Reading is about more than letters and sounds. Successful readers must draw upon a great deal of knowledge and vocabulary to make sense of that they read. This text presents five essential early literacy practices—creating a supportive environment; shared book reading; songs, rhymes, and word play; developmental writing; and play—providing the tools to link literacy to content knowledge in math, science, social studies, and art. From Scholastic.

Assessing Preschool Literacy Development: Informal and Formal Measures to Guide Instruction

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With more emphasis on young children's literacy achievement than ever before, assessment is an essential component in preschool literacy programs. This resource provides guidance on how to account for student learning and adapt teaching strategies to fit children's individual needs. Preschool teachers and administrators will be able to assess children's oral language development, phonological awareness, comprehension, and concepts about print, books, and writing. Includes professional development guidelines and supplemental resources on working with diverse families. From the International Reading Association's Preschool Literacy Collection.

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