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The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation (3rd ed.)

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This book describes how the world-renowned preschool services and accompanying practical strategies for children under age 6 in Reggio Emilia have evolved in response to the community's demographic and political transformations, and to generational changes in both the educators and the parents of the children. From Praeger.

The Pre-K Debates: Current Issues & Controversies

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As more young children gain access to pre-kindergarten programs, the issues surrounding its implementation are being hotly debated. Edited by a founder of Head Start and two other highly respected experts, this forward-thinking book brings forth leading thinkers in early childhood education to tackle today’s most urgent pre-K debates and explore each one from all sides. Delivered in a clear and compelling point–counterpoint format, this book paves the way for sound, educated decision-making. From Brookes Publishing.

Blocks and Beyond: Strengthening Early Math and Science Skills Through Spatial Learning

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Spatial development is linked with higher achievement not just in math and science, but across all academic areas. This guidebook helps educators seamlessly integrate spatial learning into their everyday curriculum. Focusing on math, science, art and literature, and social studies, this book includes research-based insights and ready-to-use activities to promote the spatial development of children in preschool through grade 3. From Brookes Publishing. 

Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Infants and Toddlers

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Developmentally appropriate practice is so fundamental to the early childhood field that all new educators need a sound grasp from the very start. While DAP's basic concepts aren't difficult or arcane, they can be understood wrongly or incompletely—and often are! This engaging little book describes the core concepts and makes them meaningful to everyday practice for teachers of infants and toddlers. College instructors, directors, and trainers will find this an invaluable tool for introducing learners to the foundation of the early childhood field.

Powerful Interactions: How to Connect With Children to Extend Their Learning

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Bestseller! A teacher interacts with the children all day long. It’s how the warm and responsive relationships in which young children learn best are built. A “Powerful Interaction” may last only a few minutes, but in that time the teacher tunes out any distractions, tunes into the child, and then presents a learning experience tailored to that child at that moment. This book guides you through the three steps of a Powerful Interaction in a series of self-guided lessons enlivened with tips, hints, invitations to reflect, and vignettes.

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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.

Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age

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More and more of children’s attitudes, values, interests, and behavior run the risk of being controlled by their experiences with the popular media culture and screens instead of being actively created by children themselves. That is, childhood is becoming increasingly remote controlled. Learn how to counteract the potentially harmful impact media can have on both the process and content of children’s development and learning, and how to help families make informed decisions about the screen media in children’s lives. 

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Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Science

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Children’s early science experiences are the foundation for future science learning and comprehension—throughout their school years and life. This collection of articles from NAEYC’s journal Young Children showcases how to support children’s science explorations from infancy through age 8.

The authors offer ideas for creating science-rich environments and promoting young learners’ investigations and discovery. The articles describe teaching approaches and child-guided experiences that introduce children to scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas in the physical, life, and earth and space sciences, and in engineering, technology, and applications of science. 

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Everyday Artists: Inquiry and Creativity in the Early Childhood Classroom

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For the young child, art is a way of solving problems, conceptualizing the world, and creating new possibilities. In Everyday Artists, the author addresses the disconnect that exists between the teaching of art and the way young children actually experience art. In doing so, this book questions commonly held notions and opens up exciting new possibilities for art education in the early childhood classroom. A practicing teacher herself, Bentley uses vignettes of children’s everyday activities—from block building to clean-up to outdoor play—to help teachers identify and scaffold the genuine artistic practice of young children.

This book features

  • Tangible examples of everyday arts experiences told through lively classroom stories.
  • An examination of the teacher’s role with suggestions of appropriate ways to support children’s artistic expression.
  • Clear explanations of how inquiry and creativity contribute to the overall thinking and learning of the young child.
  • A “Voice of the Teacher” section that offers teaching strategies for extending children’s thinking and learning.
  • A wide-range of ideas for teachers who feel they do not know how to “do” art.

From Teachers College Press. 

Documenting Quality:A Teacher's Guide to Creating a Classroom Portfolio

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