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Make Early Learning Standards Come Alive: Connecting Your Practice and Curriculum to State Guidelines (2nd ed.)

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Includes tools to communicate exactly how to address children’s learning and plan for their cognitive and foundational skill development, as well as suggestions to assess children’s progress. Easy-to-read charts present information about each major content or development area and descriptions of what those standards might look like in early childhood classrooms or programs. From Redleaf Press. 

Young Dual Language Learners: A Guide for PreK–3 Leaders

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Young Dual Language Learners provides clear and concise expert responses to questions that early childhood and elementary education administrators and preschool directors ask about educating young children who are learning in two languages. This practitioner-friendly guide helps all constituents navigate the landscape of early childhood education in linguistically and culturally responsive ways. It addresses such topics as the role of a child’s home language in the educational process, professional development, standards and regulations, interviewing and staffing, developing instructional programs, collaborating effectively with families and communities, and many more. From Caslon Publishing. 

Experiencing Nature With Young Children: Awakening Delight, Curiosity, and a Sense of Stewardship

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There’s a whole world outdoors waiting to embrace young children—with their curiosity, imagination, and enthusiasm—and to impart its treasures. Experiencing Nature With Young Children invites you to explore this world with children from birth to age 8 in ways that will 

  • Awaken their enjoyment and appreciation of nature
  • Nurture their emotional development
  • Enhance their cognitive growth 
  • Spark their creativity
  • Help them discover how we all—people, animals, plants—are connected
  • Engage families and communities in preserving nature

Part ballad to nature, part irresistible invitation to teachers, this book will awaken and renew your own joy in nature—and move you to experience it with young children. 

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Expressing Creativity in Preschool

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Coming this November, pre-order your copy now! What every preschool teacher needs! Filled with practical strategies and useful information on art, music and movement, and dramatic play, this book offers 

  • Learning center ideas 
  • Engaging activities 
  • Practical suggestions that are easy to implement
  • Ideas that support the development and learning of every preschooler 
  • Children’s book recommendations 

This excellent resource of engaging learning experiences for preschoolers was developed for you by the editors of Teaching Young Children

Exploring Math and Science in Preschool

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Coming this November, pre-order your copy now! What every preschool teacher needs! Filled with practical strategies and useful information on math and science, this book offers 

  • Learning center ideas 
  • Engaging activities 
  • Practical suggestions that are easy to implement
  • Ideas that support the development and learning of every preschooler 
  • Children’s book recommendations 

This excellent resource of engaging learning experiences for preschoolers was developed for you by the editors of Teaching Young Children

Learning About Language and Literacy in Preschool

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Coming this January, pre-order your copy now! Filled with practical strategies and useful information on language and literacy, this book offers learning center ideas, engaging activities, practical suggestions that are easy to implement, ideas that support the development and learning of every preschooler, and children’s book recommendations. From materials to activities, fine motor development to poetry, the content in this book offers practical strategies and engaging visuals to help teachers support preschoolers’ learning in language and literacy.

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning

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This thought-provoking guide to effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology with young children provides strategies, theoretical frameworks, links to research evidence, descriptions of best practice, and resources to develop essential digital literacy knowledge, skills, and experiences for early childhood educators in the digital age. Copublished with Routledge. This book is a Comprehensive Member Benefit.

Supporting Students, Meeting Standards: Best Practices for Engaged Learning in First, Second, and Third Grades

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This resource for first, second, and third grade teachers describes best practices for promoting learning and development while helping students meet standards. You will find information, ideas, experiences, and activities that

  • Promote positive approaches to learning and foster students’ social and emotional development
  • Help students meet standards in English language arts, math, science, and social studies
  • Support authentic assessment to scaffold student progress and improve instruction

Filled with research-based strategies, this book offers assistance for the many decisions teachers make every day. This book is a recent Comprehensive Member Benefit.

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The Early Years Matter: Education, Care and the Well-Being of Children, Birth to 8

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This accessible and engaging work introduces current and future teachers, child care providers, and others interested in early childhood education to the importance of the early years in children’s well-being and success. It summarizes the research on the value of high-quality services for young children, families, and society, showing why early education matters both today and into the future. Emphasizing the need to understand and respect young children’s strengths and unique characteristics, the authors offer inspiration for working in the field, as well as addressing the realistic challenges of implementing developmentally appropriate care and education.

Suggestions for further reading and concluding questions for reflection, dialogue, and action make The Early Years Matter a perfect resource for courses and professional development. Copublished with Teachers College Press. This book is a recent Comprehensive Member benefit. 

Read Q&As with authors Marilou Hyson and Heather Biggar Tomlinson

FirstSchool: Transforming PreK–3rd Grade for African American, Latino, and Low-Income Children

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FirstSchool is a groundbreaking framework for teaching minority and low-income children. This work discusses the research and practice to date that defines FirstSchool as a critical approach to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps. Changing the conversation from improving test scores to improving school experiences, it features lessons learned from eight elementary schools whose leadership and staff implemented sustainable changes in their classrooms and schools. The authors detail how to use education research and data to provide a rationale for change; how to promote professional learning that is genuinely collaborative and respectful; and how to employ developmentally appropriate teaching strategies that focus on the needs of minority and low-income children.

The book features:

  • Case studies illustrating developmentally appropriate practices that can be applied across varied PreK–3 contexts
  • Key principles used by FirstSchool and its partners to reinvigorate the professionalism of teachers
  • Concrete guidance for choosing and using relevant data, enriching the curriculum, improving instruction, and developing home-school partnerships

From Teachers College Press. 

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