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Positive Guidance Kit

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Professional Development Library

In the early years, it's important to prevent bullying and to support children's social and emotional development. This kit contains seven essential books, posters, and DVDs, all focused on using guidance to teach and foster social-emotional skills like cooperation and problem solving. The materials in the kit provide ideas and strategies proven to work for children with the most challenging behaviors and to benefit every child in your setting. The kit includes

  • Education for a Civil Society: How Guidance Teaches Young Children Democratic Life Skills
  • The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Classrooms
  • Meeting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Challenging Behaviours in Early Childhood Environments
  • Essential Touch: Meeting the Needs of Young Children
  • Facing the Challenge: Working With Children Who Use Challenging Behaviors (2-DVD Set)
  • How Do You Feel? (18" x 24" Poster, laminated)
  • Tips for Talking With Children (12" x 36" Poster, laminated)

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. 

Spotlight on Young Children (5-Book Set)

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Enhance your curriculum with these popular collections drawn from special theme issues of Young Children. Compiled by series editors Derry Koralek and Amy Shillady, these volumes are perfect as readings for college classes or in-service workshops. Each book includes resource lists and carefully designed questions and activities to aid in reflecting on issues of practice.

The Spotlight Curriculum Set includes volumes on Creative Arts (#286), Language and Literacy (#2830), Math (#367), Science (#373), and Social Studies (#287).

 

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.

Spotlight on Young Children and Families

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Family involvement is critical to the success of young children in early learning environments and beyond. Educators must strive to acknowledge and value the many differences of each family.  

In this latest collection of articles from Young Children and Beyond the Journal, the authors address topics such as sharing the care of infants and toddlers, acknowledging culture and promoting inclusion, conferencing with families, and helping to support learning at home. A list of key resources as well as questions and activities designed to aid readers in reflecting on the articles are included.

Spotlight on Young Children and Social Studies

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When engaged in social studies, with guidance and encouragement from adults, children develop awareness of self and family and become active participants in the larger community. The knowledge and skills learned through social studies prepare children to become informed and engaged citizens of their country and the world.

In this collection of articles from Young Children and Beyond the Journal, experts discuss the historic roots of the social studies field, explain how quality books can help children understand themselves and others, and provide many examples of teachers and children engaged in meaningful social studies. The book includes a list of key resources as well as questions and activities designed to aid readers in reflecting on the articles.

Spotlight on Young Children and the Creative Arts

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The creative arts—including music, movement, dramatic play, puppetry, painting, sculpture, and drawing—are a crucial part of early childhood. Not only do the arts allow children to express themselves, but creative activity can enhance development of children's skills in literacy, science, math, social studies, and more. This engaging collection of articles from Young Children also includes resources and carefully designed questions and activities to aid readers in reflecting on best practice.

Relationships, the Heart of Quality Care: Creating Community Among Adults in Early Care Settings

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Children’s interactions with their special grown-ups affect everything in their lives, especially in their earliest years. And the relationships between those special people matter, too. When adult connections are caring and strong, parents, caregivers, and directors are motivated and empowered to work together to help children thrive. The book describes this concept of relationship-based child care, what understandings and attitudes support such care, and the policies required to enact it in a center setting. High-quality family child care homes and a growing numbers of enlightened centers are already using the model. As this book's many personal stories make clear, everyone benefits from relationship-based care!

K Today: Teaching and Learning in the Kindergarten Year

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The kindergarten year is quite unlike preschool and not like first grade, either. What should teaching practice look like for this critical year? K Today offers a vivid picture of kindergarten children, perceptive discussion of the current kindergarten context and policy issues, and clear guidelines for teaching and assessing kindergartners.

Also, for six curriculum domains--language and literacy, math, science, the creative arts, social studies, and physical education--leading experts outline what children should know and be able to do and how effective teachers ensure that learning. For both current and future practitioners, this fresh, engaging resource gets readers thinking and promotes well-informed, thoughtful teaching and leadership at the kindergarten level.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Kindergartners

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Bestseller! Edited and compiled just for kindergarten teachers, this resource explains developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) so teachers can apply DAP in their work with kindergartners. Chapters include:

  • What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
    A brief introduction to the main ideas of DAP
  • Teaching in the Kindergarten Year
    Connecting DAP to excellent teaching
  • An Overview of Development  in the Kindergarten Year
    Overview of kindergartners’ learning and development
  • Developmentally Appropriate Examples to Consider
    Examples of key DAP practices, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well
  • The Common Core State Standards and Developmentally Appropriate Practices
    Connecting the standards to DAP
  • Young Children Articles
    Eight articles from Young Children that provide examples of applying developmentally appropriate practice when working with kindergartners
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