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Position Statement—Developmentally Appropriate Practice (booklet)

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Because teachers, advocates, parents, and faculty asked for a stand-alone version of the 2009 Position Statement on "Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs" to give to principals, school board members, and other decision makers, it is now available as a 36-page booklet. 

 

Beginning School: U.S. Policies in International Perspective

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To help educators set goals and design effective policies, early childhood experts Clifford and Crawford provide a concise history of early education and care in the United States and invite readers to consider early schooling in a global perspective. Discusses themes among six economically advantaged countries and the social forces that are leading the United States toward universal access to school beginning at age 3. From Teachers College Press.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (3rd ed.) and Basics of DAP Bundle

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Save when you order the third edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 together with the popular Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Essential for every student or new practitioner's collection! See full descriptions and tables of contents for items #375 (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) and #259 (Basics of DAP: An Introduction for Teachers of Children 3 to 6).

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (3rd ed.), Basics of DAP, and Looking at the Basics of DAP (DVD) Bundle

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Save when you order the new edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 together with the popular Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice and its companion DVD, Looking at the Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Essential for every student or new practitioner's collection!

Being With Babies: Understanding and Responding to the Infants in Your Care: Best Practices for Caregivers

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This book is a great resource for both beginning and experienced caregivers, with chapters on developing relationships with babies, observation, communication, and safe environments. Being With Babies teaches caregivers how to handle everyday challenges while learning about developmental stages of infants. From Gryphon House.

 

Increasing the Power of Instruction: Integration of Language, Literacy, and Math Across the Preschool Day

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A day in a preschool classroom can be hectic, and with so many learning goals to be met, it’s no surprise that teachers sometimes wonder how they will get it all done. This accessible book by Judith Schickedanz shows teachers how to maximize the scope and power of their instruction through integration—across content domains and across learning contexts.

 

With a focus on language, literacy, and mathematics, Schickedanz introduces strategies that will bolster instruction in all subjects. Engaging vignettes demonstrate effective integration throughout the schedule, including during story time, center time, and large and small group sessions. She writes that integration can "help us better manage our time and make instruction more powerful—and learning more meaningful—for children." This wonderful book shows you how to do just that. 

Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn: Building Essential Skills in Young Children

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From the very beginning of a child's life, effective listening includes becoming aware, focusing, selecting cues from the environment, and filtering out distractions. And in the preschool years, children are ready to learn a lot more about becoming good listeners. Yet very few teachers have had specific preparation for actually teaching children how to listen. Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn provides clear, research-based guidance to help teachers set young children's listening behaviors on the right path, as well as reassess their own listening skills. 

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.

Windows on Learning: Documenting Young Children's Learning (2nd ed.)

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This updated classic shows teachers proven methods for documenting—including collecting, analyzing, and displaying—young children’s work in the classroom. Applicable to different curriculum models, it provides tips on how to develop children's portfolios to use for assessment and accountability, as well as for sharing with families.

 

Also useful for curriculum coordinators, principals, and other administrators, this edition has new features, including teacher materials, extra examples and photographs, information on teacher portfolios, and more. From Teachers College Press.

Learning from Young Children in the Classroom: The Art and Science of Teacher Research

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A comprehensive introduction to envisioning and carrying out high-quality teacher research in early childhood settings. The text features original research projects by teachers working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary age children. With special attention given to multicultural and multilingual classrooms, the authors examine forms of children's play, social interaction, and friendships; language and literacy learning; and work with parents and families.A comprehensive introduction to envisioning and carrying out high-quality teacher research in early childhood settings. The text features original research projects by teachers working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary age children. With special attention given to multicultural and multilingual classrooms, the authors examine forms of children?s play, social interaction, and friendships; language and literacy learning; and work with parents and families. This ?how-to? guide provides the history, strategies, tools, and examples teachers will need to initiate and conduct effective research in their own classrooms. From Teachers College Press.

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