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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. 

Starting With Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry

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Young children arrive at school with unrestrained curiosity and wonder about the world. In Starting With Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry, the author explores the big ideas surrounding inquiry-based science. It provides practical suggestions and models for beginning teachers as well as those who are fine-tuning their practice. Four key questions underlie the book:

  • What is inquiry-based science?
  • How can pre-K, kindergarten, and primary-grade teachers incorporate inquiry-based science when faced with limited science background, insufficient time, and lack of resources?
  • What roles do the children, the teacher, and the environment play in an inquiry-based science program?
  • What instructional strategies are effective in implementing inquiry-based science?

In answering these questions, Edson provides a framework from which teachers can devise their own in-depth inquiry investigations based on district requirements and students' own interests. She also integrates literacy opportunities as well as explicit suggestions for effective assessment of inquiry-based science. From Stenhouse.

 

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.

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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New revised edition now available! 

 

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 Cengage.

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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New edition now available! 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. 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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New edition now available. 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.

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