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Play, Projects and Preschool Standards: Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning

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Preschool teachers today are often challenged by and concerned about the expectations in states' early learning standards. Authors Jacobs and Crowley tackle these concerns head-on, providing teachers with lively, creative ideas to develop children's genuine curiosity while building the skills they'll need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Includes well-planned projects and activities that both capture children's interest and enhance social and pre-academic development. From Corwin Press.

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 (2nd 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.

The Young Child's Memory for Words: Developing First and Second Language and Literacy

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An integrated approach offering a fresh perspective, innovative strategies, and practical guidelines for language and literacy development in multilingual and multicultural settings. Effective, research-based teaching practices will help early childhood and elementary teachers to develop children?s skills and their lasting love of reading. Proven strategies support English language learners and emphasize linking preschool and kindergarten language and literacy teaching. From Teachers College Press.

Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Kindergartners

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Exactly what you need to deepen your everyday practice in the kindergarten classroom! This book outlines the core ideas of developmentally appropriate practice, or DAP for short, as practiced in kindergarten.

This book discusses

  • The core components of DAP
  • Why play is an essential vehicle for learning during the kindergarten year
  • The five key aspects of effective teaching that enact DAP principles 
  • The most frequently asked questions about developmentally appropriate practice in kindergarten
  • An overview of learning and development for 5- and 6-year-olds

Whether you are a new or experienced kindergarten teacher, this book is for you. Learn more about the book. 

Focus in Grade 1: Teaching With Curriculum Focal Points

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Designed to support teachers, supervisors, and coordinators as they develop and refine mathematics curriculum, this volume offer practical ideas for bringing focus to mathematics learning and instruction in the classroom. Focus in Grade 1 describes and illustrates learning paths for the mathematical concepts and skills of each grade 1 Curriculum Focal Point from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Covers common student errors and misconceptions and ways in which to avoid and remediate such mistakes. Copublished with NCTM.

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