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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. 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.

Celebrating Young Children and Their Teachers: The Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld Reader

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Known and loved for her vitality and individuality, Mimi Chenfeld has been teaching and sharing her deep love of children for 50 years. This collection of new and selected writings compiles some of the insights and adventures that have occurred during that time and also looks ahead to what the next 50 years will bring. These writings are sure to be inspiring to anyone who values kids! From Redleaf Press.

The World According to Mr. Rogers: Important Things to Remember

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Culled from Fred Rogers' speeches, program transcripts, books, letters, and interviews, along with some of his never-before-published writings, this touching book is a testament to the legacy of a man who served and continues to serve as a role model to millions. From Family Communications.

Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners: Approaches to Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom

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Children?s ?approaches to learning??interest, joy, persistence, flexibility, self-regulation, engagement, and motivation to learn?make up a key dimension of school readiness. Research shows that positive approaches to learning improve social-emotional and academic outcomes. With images of practice in diverse settings, Hyson illustrates the possibility of building greater enthusiasm and engagement through relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment strategies, and family communication. Copublished with Teachers College Press. Past Comprehensive Member Benefit.

Follow Me Too: A Handbook of Movement Activities for Three- to Five-Year-Olds

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Active movement games encourage cooperative learning, and teamwork. The book includes the research and theory behind using movement games in early childhood programs, 49 field-tested games, adaptations for responding to individual abilities and needs, a chart of perceptual-motor skills involved in each game, suggestions for parent involvement, and directions for making inexpensive equipment.

Defending Childhood: Keeping the Promise of Early Education

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This book brings together a group of extraordinary educators and scholars who offer important insights about what we can do to defend childhood from societal challenges. The authors explain new findings from neuroscience and psychology, as well as emerging knowledge about the impact on child development of cultural and linguistic diversity, poverty, families and communities, and the media. From Teachers College Press. 

Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Groups: Developmentally Appropriate Practice (2nd ed.)

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In this revised and updated edition of Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Groups: Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Zero to Three has written a how-to guide that matches classroom activities with how children think and grow. Posters and a developmental wheel on common behavior challenges are included with the book. From Zero to Three Press.

Children, Language, and Literacy: Diverse Learners in Diverse Times

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Even as sociocultural diversity continues to grow in the U.S., many classrooms offer a one-size-fits-all curriculum in which assessment relies heavily on standardized tests. Rejecting the narrow viewing of young children solely as prospective students, the authors see them as "simultaneously players, learners, readers of the world and words, artists—among other identities." This volume gives us rich evidence of the role of stories (enacted and told), imaginative play, and writing in children's language learning. Copublished with Teachers College Press

Twelve Best Practices for Early Childhood: Integrating Reggio and Other Inspired Approaches

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In this book, Lewin-Benham presents 12 “best practices” inspired not only by Reggio, but also by play-based and Montessori approaches to early childhood education. Practices are demonstrated with classroom scenarios, dialogues of children and teachers, and work samples showing the outcome of using each practice. From Teachers College Press.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children From Birth Through Age 8 (3rd ed.)

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Bestseller! Since the first edition in 1987, NAEYC's book Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs has been an essential resource for the early child care field. Fully revised and expanded, the 2009 version comes with a supplementary CD containing readings on key topics, plus video examples showing developmentally appropriate practice in action.

Based on what the research says about development, learning, and effective practices, as well as what experience tells us about teaching intentionally, DAP articulates the principles that should guide our decision making. Chapters describe children from birth through age 8 in detail, with extensive examples of appropriate practice for infant/toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and primary levels. 

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