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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. 

Watching, Wondering, and Learning Together: Best Practices With Infants and Toddlers (ebook)

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This NAEYC Digital Resource, Watching, Wondering, and Learning Together: Best Practices With Infants and Toddlers, covers a wide range of topics of relevance to a diverse group of readers. The articles in this collection focus on the unique characteristics and needs of infants and toddlers and the approaches to supporting their development and learning. We hope that these articles will foster individual reflection and collegial conversations in this country and around the world.  

Classroom-Based Assessment of Preschoolers: An Introduction to What Teachers Need to Know, Trainers Manual

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This multimedia training program offers 12 one-and-one-half-hour workshops designed to address basic questions about classroom-based assessment. Staff development specialists can use it to conduct training in early childhood settings for 3- to 5-year-old children. It is also appropriate for higher education courses. The manual includes the outcomes, timeframes, materials, handouts, and preparatory activities for each workshop. Trainer’s Notes provide a suggested script and a DVD-ROM has slides and video clips, as well as PDFs for creating Participants’ Notebooks.

Includes one copy of Basics of Assessment: A Primer for Early Childhood Professionals.

Reading Magic

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

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Bestseller! By engaging infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in experiences that foster oral language and content knowledge, literacy skills, and cognitive ability, early childhood professionals help build a foundation for children’s later academic success. This book addresses what children need to learn in the early years, the strategies that teachers can use to help children acquire these foundations, the features of emergent literacy and language understandings and skills, and how to design the physical environment to support language and literacy learning. 

Are you participating in a study group using this book? Author Judith Schickedanz will respond to selected questions emailed to her from designated study group leaders/members.

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Young Scientist Series

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Save on Exploring Water with Young Children (#777), Building Structures with Young Children (#748), and Discovering Nature with Young Children (#758) when you order them together! From Redleaf Press.

 

Save $10 on Exploring Water with Young Children (#777), Building Structures with Young Children (#748), and Discovering Nature with Young Children (#758) when you order them together! From Redleaf Press.

 

Storytelling, Story Acting, and Inclusion (Companion Guide to video #804)

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This book is a companion guide to the DVD Vivian Gussin Paley and the Boy Who Could Tell Stories (order #8041). Offers concrete support for teachers inspired to explore the techniques Paley demonstrates.

This book is a companion guide to the DVD Vivian Paley and the Boy Who Could Tell Stories (order #8041). Offers concrete support for teachers inspired to explore the techniques Paley demonstrates.

This book is a companion guide to the DVD Vivian Paley and the Boy Who Could Tell Stories (order #8041). Offers concrete support for teachers inspired to explore the techniques Paley demonstrates.

Discovering Nature with Young Children

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For teachers who want to do serious science in their preschool classroom, this resource-rich curriculum gives you all the tools you need. Children will learn essential lifelong scientific reasoning skills, such as hypothesis, inference, prediction, and estimation, as they investigate the natural world. Important language and literacy skills are developed as children communicate their findings, participate in discussions, and represent their experiences; and crucial math skills are fostered as children count, measure, sort, categorize, and compare the many plants and animals in their surroundings. Part of the Young Scientist Series and from Redleaf Press.

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