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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.

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.

Tips and Tidbits: A Book for Family Child Care Providers

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Even the busiest family child care provider or center-based educator can find time to read and apply these bits of wisdom. They have been established by almost a century of early childhood education practice in this and other countries. These recommendations are not fly-by-night fads; they are the basics of our business: giving children good care. Full of good ideas for handling squabbling, tattling, "potty mouth", eating or napping difficulties, and dozens of other important matters that arise in the day-to-day life of the family child care provider.

Much More Than the ABCs: The Early Stages of Reading and Writing

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New edition now available!

A rich picture of children’s early steps toward literacy that helps teachers, caregivers, and parents nurture both children’s enjoyment of reading/writing and their skills. Gives concrete suggestions on topics such as reading aloud with children, setting up a book corner and writing center, and introducing the alphabet in meaningful ways. Book lists assist in choosing good books for kids at different ages.

Spotlight on Teaching Preschoolers #2

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This book shares effective teaching strategies that touch on all learning domains and across the preschool curriculum. In it, authors examine a hands-on approach to science inquiry, creativity through movement and dance, physical science in the blocks center, explaining IEPs to families of children with special needs, developing a professional portfolio, and more. 

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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