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Literacy and the Youngest Learner: Best Practices for Educators of Children from Birth to 5

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Literacy?the ability to listen, speak, read, and write?begins developing long before children enter elementary school. Catherine Snow states in the foreword: ?Every early childhood setting needs a copy of this book,? and we agree. This volume will support teachers as they work to meet new literacy standards in developmentally appropriate ways, offering guidance on building essential skills such as oral language and phonological awareness and useful suggestions for dramatic play areas, book nooks, writing centers, and other spaces that together create a literacy-rich environment. From Scholastic.

Nurturing Knowledge: Building a Foundation for School Success by Linking Early Literacy to Math, Science, Art, and Social Studies

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Reading is about more than letters and sounds. Successful readers must draw upon a great deal of knowledge and vocabulary to make sense of that they read. This text presents five essential early literacy practices?creating a supportive environment; shared book reading; songs, rhymes, and word play; developmental writing; and play?providing the tools to link literacy to content knowledge in math, science, social studies, and art. From Scholastic.

Assessing Preschool Literacy Development: Informal and Formal Measures to Guide Instruction

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With more emphasis on young children?s literacy achievement than ever before, assessment is an essential component in preschool literacy programs. This resource provides guidance on how to account for student learning and adapt teaching strategies to fit children?s individual needs. Preschool teachers and administrators will be able to assess children?s oral language development, phonological awareness, comprehension, and concepts about print, books, and writing. Includes professional development guidelines and supplemental resources on working with diverse families. From the International Reading Association?s Preschool Literacy Collection.

Showcasing Mathematics for the Young Child: Activities for Three-, Four-, and Five-Year-Olds

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Describes and discusses learning experiences that promote early mathematics development for children aged three to five across five content areas: number and operations, geometry, algebra, measurement, and data analysis. A continuing story threads through the book, drawing on the power of storytelling as an effective medium to attach meaning to mathematics. Teachers can use this book to help themselves teach mathematics, learn mathematics, and most important, "listen to children think!" Copublished with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Meeting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Challenging Behaviours in Early Childhood Environments

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If you feel frustrated and defeated when confronted with a child with very challenging behaviors, here's a lifeline! This reader-friendly book explains the biological and social sources of aggressive behavior and offers easily understandable ideas and strategies proven to prevent and safely diffuse the most challenging behaviors. Includes ways to empower and observe all children. From the Canadian Child Care Federation.

Practice in Building Bridges: Companion Resource for Diversity in Early Care and Education (5th ed.)

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In our increasingly diverse society, we all need to be able to create authentic, healthy, equitable relationships with people unlike ourselves, whether our colleagues, coworkers, fellow students, or families of young children. With that goal in mind, this collection of activities, discussion topics, and ideas for journaling is designed as a companion resource for those using Janet Gonzalez-Mena's excellent book Diversity in Early Care and Education, 5th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2008). Practice in Building Bridges will be valuable for teacher educators, trainers, and program directors in doing staff and professional development. Many of its activities can also be used by individual students, teachers, and practitioners for personal work.

Practice in Building Bridges is available individually and in a set with the Special NAEYC Edition of Diversity in Early Care and Education, 5th ed. in which Gonzalez-Mena addresses the subject of teaching children about diversity, equity, and social justice using a "sideways" approach that focuses on the attitutes and behavior of the teacher, rather than the children. Order the set and save (see #2013).

Windows on Learning: Documenting Young Children's Learning (2d ed.)

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This updated classic shows teachers proven methods for documenting?including collecting, analyzing, and displaying?young children?s work in the classroom. Applicable to different curriculum models, it provides tips on how to develop children?s portfolios to use for assessment and accountability, as well as for sharing with families. Also useful for curriculum coordinators, principals, and other administrators, this edition has new features, including teacher materials, extra examples and photographs, information on teacher portfolios, and more. From Teachers College Press.

A How-To Guide for Teaching English Language Learners in the Primary Classroom

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In this wise and practical book, an experienced teacher shows you how to get non-native speakers started on language learning. She shares many innovative techniques and demonstrates how to build a classroom community that encourages and supports language learners by celebrating diversity, integrating language and expression into all areas of the curriculum, and actively involving families. Though written for teachers in grades K?3, the book is also useful for teachers of younger children. Includes resources and examples of student work. From Heinemann.

Make Way For Literacy: Teaching the Way Young Children Learn

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Practical, curriculum-enhancing literacy engagements encourage children to build and demonstrate literacy knowledge. This book offers suggestions for setting up and using a low-cost learner-centered physical and social environment that allows children to use their "hundred languages" to build and demonstrate literacy knowledge. Includes actual teaching and learning examples. Copublished with Heinemann.
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