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Play: A Beginnings Workshop Book

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Top play experts discuss topics such as how play reflects and promotes development, how adults can support make-believe and block play, and cultural dimensions of play, and much more. Also includes activities to do with children and personal anecdotes that will help caregivers better understand and support children’s play. From Child Care Exchange.

Finding Our Way: The Future of American Early Care and Education

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This comprehensive and far-reaching analysis of the principles and practices of early care and education in the United States and Europe informs policymakers and center directors about the vital role high-quality teachers play in a child's later educational achievements and future success. The author describes the very high costs of child care in the United States, most of which is paid for by parents, and shows how greater government support in other countries makes teachers' pay higher, the child care centers better, and the burden on the parents lighter. From Zero to Three.

The Early Care and Education Teaching Workforce at the Fulcrum: An Agenda for Reform

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With the most thorough synthesis of current research on the early care and education teaching workforce, this book offers recommendations to better prepare, recruit, and retain teachers; reviews current research; and places issues in a system-based context to examine the teaching workforce in many settings. With answers to frequently asked questions about effectiveness and professional development and an overview of dozens of initiatives and programs, the book concludes with a call for bold changes that would transform the early care and education workforce. For students, teachers, professors, administrators, and policy makers. From Teachers College Press.

Active Experiences for Active Children: Social Studies (2nd ed.)

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This guide is full of theory, activities, planning ideas, and assessments to help with planning and implementation of social studies curriculum for preschoolers and primary grade students. This text will be useful for anyone working with young children, from classroom teachers, to child care providers, to parents who home school their children. From Prentice Hall.

 

From the Inside Out: The Power of Reflection and Self-Awareness

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Better relationships with others begin with honest self-reflection—a quest to discover who we are by recognizing our passions, values, talents, personal resources, and even our weaknesses. Through thought-provoking questions and engaging exercises, this installment of the popular “Director’s Toolbox” series will help you assess your journey through adulthood, identify the gap between your current and ideal employment, and become your own mentor. From New Horizons.

A Guide to Discipline (Rev. ed.)

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So many teachers tell us that discipline is their biggest problem! You can help children discipline themselves through your words and manner, and by using strategies to avoid problems in advance. But what do you do when children hit, kick, or bite? This guide to discipline will explain how to prevent, handle, and calm aggressive behavior in the ways most likely to teach and affect children. Great for families, too.

 

Developmental Screening in Early Childhood: A Guide (5th ed.)

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Sound developmental screening identifies those children who should receive more extensive assessment to determine whether they need additional support for learning. Developmental Screening in Early Childhood covers the basics of selecting an appropriate instrument and setting up a screening program.

This fifth edition covers the basics of screening used to identify which children may have learning problems or disabilities. Offers advice for selecting an appropriate screening instrument and for setting up a screening program. Contains reviews of current developmental screens, plus an entirely new annotated bibliography. It also includes sections on screening for social-emotional/behavioral concerns and screening individual areas of development.

The Right Stuff for Children Birth to 8: Selecting Play Materials to Support Development

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Offers an overview of motor, social-linguistic, and perceptual-cognitive skills and appropriate play materials to engage and enhance abilities for children birth through 8. Includes safety, cost, and health considerations.

Play in the Lives of Children

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What is the best way for children to make the most of their lives? They must engage in self-paced, child-controlled play! Find out why play is so important, and how to support it, in this convincing review of what we know about how children grow and learn. What you find will change the way you teach or parent children from birth through their primary school years. Don’t let your children waste another precious minute of their childhood! Comprehensive enough to serve as a textbook on play.

Young Children and Picture Books (2nd ed.)

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When you share picture books with young children, you build their lifelong literacy and enjoyment of reading. In beautiful full color, the second edition of this popular book will help you recognize quality in children’s literature and illustration and see how to use picture books to best advantage. Lists of recommended books are included.

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