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Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget, & Vygotsky (2nd ed.)

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This resource provides clear, straightforward introductions to the foundational theories of John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky. Each chapter highlights a theorist's work and includes insight on how the theory impacts teaching young children today. Discussion questions and suggested readings are included to help you gain an understanding of what it means to apply each theory to your work with children.

  • Builds the bridge between theory and best practices in early childhood education
  • Supports your genuine enjoyment with children by helping you understand more about the ways they grow and learn
  • Includes new understandings of Vygotsky's work
  • Applies the five theories to the realities of the twenty-first century

From Redleaf Press. 

Reflecting in Communities of Practice: A Workbook for Early Childhood Educators

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Teaching young children is complex work. While you manage the day-to-day events that unfold in your classroom you also have to keep up with the demands of assessment and documentation. With all these challenges, how can you maintain the equally important tasks of encouraging children's curiosity and supporting their joy of learning? How can you sustain your own curious mind and joyful spirit in your work? Reflecting with other teachers in a community of practice can strengthen your abilities to respond to the children in your classroom and share meaningful experiences with them. 

This workbook is designed to be used with a group—a community of practice—but it can also be a self-study tool. The exercises help you to understand and practice the key elements of reflective teaching. Ten study sessions provide opportunities to engage with peers as you collaborate and connect theory and best practices in your classrooms. From Redleaf Press. 

Healthy Children, Healthy Lives: The Wellness Guide for Early Childhood Programs

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Early childhood is a critical time in human development. Understanding and supporting children's wellness early on can make the greatest impact on physical, social and emotional, and cognitive health throughout childhood and adulthood. This book provides a comprehensive collection of checklists and research-based information to help you evaluate and improve wellness in your program, making it a safe, happy place for each person—child and adult—who passes through the doors. 

The checklists cover six areas of wellness:

  • Nutrition and healthy eating habits
  • Physical activity and fitness
  • Emotional health and resilience
  • Physical health
  • Safety and risk management
  • Leadership

The completed checklists can be used to create an action plan to improve your program's approach to wellness. From Redleaf Press. 

The Power of Emergent Curriculum: Stories From Early Childhood Settings

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This remarkable collection of stories from early childhood settings illustrates what is possible when using an emergent curriculum approach. The stories tackle unusual topics, such as assessing the need for program rules, addressing the impact of a hurricane on classroom design, observing the empathy of toddlers, exploring children’s ideas about sculpture, and appreciating a long-term, multiage project in an after-school program. Overall, what readers witness is a rise in the quality of practice that results when responding to emerging topics. 

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The Intentional Teacher: Choosing the Best Strategies for Young Children's Learning

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New edition now available! As educators, we must act with knowledge and purpose to make sure young children acquire the skills and understanding they need to succeed. Planful, intentional teachers keep in mind the key goals for children's learning and development in all domains by creating supportive environments, planning curriculum, and selecting from a variety of teaching strategies those that best promote each child's thinking and skills. The Intentional Teacher considers how and when each type of learning (child-guided, adult-guided, or a combination) is most effective, and what teachers can do to support them. "This is one of the best early childhood books that I have ever read," says Sue Bredekamp, "and I have read a lot of them."

DEC Recommended Practices: A Comprehensive Guide for Practical Application in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

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This revised edition contains the information found in the original DEC Recommended Practices about the most useful programs for children with disabilities and other special needs, plus real-life examples and practical tips for implementation. This comprehensive guide includes strategies for program assessment and improvement, useful checklists for parents and administrators, and an annotated list of relevant resources. From Sopris West and the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Fostering Peer Interaction in Early Childhood Settings (Booklet)

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Children with poor language and social skills may have difficulty initiating and maintaining interactions with their peers, and may find themselves left out and socially isolated. Learn how to provide a physical and social environment that encourages peer interaction, and creates many opportunities for successful interactions with other children. Part of the Teacher Talk series, from the Hanen Centre. (For more details on the series, see #747. Also available in Spanish, #740S.)

Healthy Young Children: A Manual for Programs (4th ed.)

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NEW FIFTH EDITION - SEE ITEM #369

Reviewed by both health and early childhood professionals, this basic manual is used by early childhood programs to promote and protect the health and safety of children, staff, and families. Includes sample forms, letters, and checklists and information regarding nutrition, illness, emergencies, and facility maintenance. The 4th edition includes suggested activities for each chapter to support its use in staff training and student courses. Designed in a readily usable format for ease in locating information.

One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language

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This second edition of Tabors' highly regarded book provides information and tools for teachers of English language learners, including the latest research, literacy instruction, assessment techniques, study aids, and more. This book is an essential resource for teachers who strive to support the languages and literacy development and school success of second language learners. CD-ROM includes a checklist for observing children learning English, parent questionnaire, study guide, and helpful supplementary articles. From Brookes Publishing.

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.

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