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Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (4-Book Set)

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice is the essential resource for the early childhood field. With sections that focus on Infants and Toddlers, the Preschool Years, the Kindergarten Year, and the Early Primary grades, each age-specific section of this comprehensive book provides

  • an overview of development and learning across all domains
  • hundreds of concrete examples of exemplary practice
  • NAEYC's position statement
  • a CD of articles from Young Children and video of developmentally appropriate practice in action

The Basics Series offer age-specific introductions to DAP. These engaging books describe the core concepts of DAP and makes them meaningful to everyday practice for teachers.

Inspiring Peak Performance: Competence, Commitment, and Collaboration

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Imagine what your program would look like if it were a true professional learning community—a place where teachers saw each new day as an opportunity to expand their competence and confidence and support one another in moving toward a shared vision of program excellence. Written in an engaging and lively style, this book provides the power tools you need to help you build teacher competence, strengthen staff commitment, and expand opportunities for collaboration to make that vision come alive.

Inspiring Peak Performance presents five strategies that together will help you transform your center into a professional learning community:

  • Developmental supervision—the foundation for reflective practice
  • Teacher induction—a lifeline for novice teachers
  • Individual learning plans—a roadmap for job-embedded learning
  • Peer learning teams—the platform for collegial support
  • 360-degree feedback—a catalyst for growth and changer

From New Horizons. 

Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Language and Literacy

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Discover innovative ways to support the many aspects of children’s language and literacy development from birth through age 8—oral language, reading, and writing. The articles in this collection emphasize meeting children’s unique needs, supporting dual language learners, and partnering with families to support children’s development. Also included is a professional development guide with questions and activities. 

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The Intentional Teacher: Choosing the Best Strategies for Young Children’s Learning (Rev. ed.)

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Bestseller! How do preschoolers learn and develop? What are the best ways to support learning in the early years? This revised edition of The Intentional Teacher guides teachers to balance both child-guided and adult-guided learning experiences that respond to children’s interests and focus on what they need to learn to be successful in school and life.

This edition includes

  • New chapters on science, social studies, and approaches to learning
  • Updated, expanded information on social and emotional development, physical development and health, language and literacy, math, and the creative arts
  • Practical teaching strategies that are illustrated with classroom-based anecdotes

Intentional teaching does not happen by chance. This book will help teachers apply their knowledge of children and of content to make thoughtful, intentional use of both child-guided and adult-guided experiences. Copublished with HighScope Press. This book was a Comprehensive Member Benefit. 

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Children in First, Second, and Third Grades

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Edited and compiled just for teachers, this resource explains developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) so teachers can apply DAP in their work with children in first, second, and third grades. Chapters include:

  • What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
    A brief introduction to the main ideas of DAP
  • Teaching Children in First, Second, and Third Grades
    Connecting DAP to excellent teaching
  • An Overview of Development in the Primary Grades
    Overview of learning and development in first, second, and third grades
  • Developmentally Appropriate Examples to Consider
    Examples of key DAP practices, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well
  • Supporting Children’s Learning While Meeting Standards
    Connecting standards to DAP
  • Young Children Articles
    Ten articles from Young Children that provide examples of applying developmentally appropriate practice when working with children in first, second, and third grades

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Kindergartners

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Bestseller! Edited and compiled just for kindergarten teachers, this resource explains developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) so teachers can apply DAP in their work with kindergartners. Chapters include:

  • What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
    A brief introduction to the main ideas of DAP
  • Teaching in the Kindergarten Year
    Connecting DAP to excellent teaching
  • An Overview of Development in the Kindergarten Year
    Overview of kindergartners’ learning and development
  • Developmentally Appropriate Examples to Consider
    Examples of key DAP practices, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well
  • The Common Core State Standards and Developmentally Appropriate Practices
    Connecting the standards to DAP
  • Young Children Articles
    Eight articles from Young Children that provide examples of applying developmentally appropriate practice when working with kindergartners

101 Principles of Positive Guidance With Young Children: Creating Responsive Teachers

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This innovative text provides 101 principles for teachers to learn and use as part of their repertoire in guiding young children’s behavior through positive, respectful and effective interactions.  It discusses how to create positive, respectful relationships through strength-based strategies to ensure relational, social, and academic success for all children. 

Versatile in depth and scope, the text can be utilized a myriad of ways from a traditional classroom textbook, a group professional development text, a group facilitator’s guide, or for individual study or enrichment. The text is reader-friendly for teachers, students, and practitioners of every level, and provides for personal reflection and immediate application. From Pearson.

Big Ideas Of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know

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The Big Ideas that convey the core concepts of mathematics are at the heart of this new book that gives early childhood educators the skills they need to organize for mathematics teaching and learning during the early years. For teachers of children ages 3 through 6, the book provides foundations for further mathematics learning and helps facilitate long-term mathematical understanding. 

Developed by the Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative team, the book groups the Big Ideas into nine chapter on topics that are familiar to early childhood teachers–sets, pattern and regularity, number, counting, operations, measurement, data analysis, shapes, and spatial thinking. The work is in keeping with the content strands identified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and maps pathways to help teachers meet the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. From Pearson. 

Developing Mentoring and Coaching Relationships in Early Care and Education: A Reflective Approach

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Packed with helpful reflective questions, illustrative mentoring and coaching scenarios, and ready-to-implement planning tools, this book is the ideal resource for anyone responsible for guiding pre-service, emerging, or experienced teachers as they encounter real world challenges in today’s early childhood programs. Each chapter offers a variety of ways to put teachers on the path to achieving greater professional effectiveness using responsive, relationship-based approaches. The focus is on encouraging reflection on current practices in order to achieve quality programs, meet teaching standards, and promote positive outcomes for children in these times of rising standards and, in many cases, lower levels of support. From Pearson.

The Great Outdoors: Advocating for Natural Spaces for Young Children (Rev. ed.)

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New delights and opportunities for learning await each time children venture outdoors. This updated and expanded edition of The Great Outdoors will inspire teachers to make it possible for children to spend more time outdoors, have safe environments, and be free to learn through exploration.

Each chapter ends with action items to improve children’s access to safe, clean, and interesting places in your community and is packed with resource ideas for further exploration. The Great Outdoors will enable you take up the challenge to advocate for enticing outdoor spaces for children. This book was a Comprehensive Member Benefit.

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