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Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms: Designing and Implementing Child-Centered Learning Environments

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Transform outdoor spaces into learning environments where children can enjoy a full range of activities as they spend quality time in nature. This book is filled with guidance to help you plan, design, and create an outdoor learning program that is a rich, thoughtfully equipped, natural extension of your indoor curriculum. Loaded with practical and creative ideas, it also includes information to help you

  • Understand how outdoor classrooms benefits children's learning and development
  • Collaborate with other teachers, administrators, and families to make your outdoor classroom a reality
  • Create development and action plans to strategize and implement changes
  • Evaluate your outdoor environment, program, and practices 

Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms promotes the idea that if you can do it indoors, you can probably do it outside as well. Age Focus: 0-8. From Redleaf Press.

What Do You Do with the Mad That You Feel? Activity Book

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Contains information, activities, and thoughts from Fred Rogers about helping young children learn to manage anger. Includes activities appropriate for each developmental stage across a variety of domains, plus booklists about anger for children and adults. Related Video Kit also available (see #8011). From Family Communications, Inc.

Contains information, activities, and thoughts from Fred Rogers about helping young children learn to manage anger. Includes activities appropriate for each developmental stage across a variety of domains, plus booklists about anger for children and adults. From Family Communications, Inc.

 

Program Administration Scale: Measuring Early Childhood Leadership and Management

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Designed to reliably measure the leadership and management practices of center-based early childhood organizations. This easy to use assessment instrument examines items in 10 categories, including human resources development, personnel cost and allocation, center operations, child assessment, fiscal management, program planning and evaluation, family partnerships, marketing and public relations, technology, and staff qualifications. From Teachers College Press.

 

DEC Recommended Practices Set

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DEC Recommended Practices (#786) is also available as a set with its companion resource DEC Recommended Practices Workbook: Improving Practices for Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families.

 

DEC Recommended Practices

DEC Recommended Practices (#786) is also available as a set with its companion resource DEC Recommended Practices Workbook: Improving Practices for Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families.

 

This ready-to-use workbook for assessment, evaluation, and planning can help ensure high-quality services for young children with special needs. From the Division for the Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Healthy Young Children: A Manual for Programs (5th ed.)

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Bestseller! Now in its fifth edition, Healthy Young Children has been used in hundreds of early childhood settings to promote the health, nutrition, and safety of children, staff members, and families. This edition contains a new chapter on promoting children’s health through physical activity. Also included are updated standards, procedures, and resources, including sample forms, letters, and checklists. This manual is an invaluable resource for program directors, consultants working with early childhood programs, teacher educators, professional development staff, and others concerned about keeping children and adults safe and healthy.

Spotlight on Young Children and Technology

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Technology has paved the way for new and exciting teaching practices. In this collection of articles from NAEYC’s journal Young Children, teachers of young children will learn about approaches for using various technologies to support their work with children and families. Articles share innovative ways teachers can integrate technology into the curriculum in appropriate and meaningful ways to promote children’s learning.

The book also includes study guides with each article and the joint position statement “Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8" from NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College.

Giving It Some Thought: Cases for Early Childhood Practice

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Precepts of good early childhood practice seem so straightforward when we learn them in a course; however, real life is more complex. Decisions are murky. For instance, parents may clamor for classroom practices that the teacher abhors. Meeting the needs of one child or family may not be in the best interest of the others. And so it goes—competing forces, factors, and beliefs often pull the teacher this way and that. Muriel Rand offers 49 real examples to help teachers-in-training start thinking as decision-makers.

Blueprint for Action: Achieving Center-Based Change Through Staff Development (2d ed.)

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This book provides a framework for understanding early childhood centers as organizations and the dynamics of change within such organizations. It helps directors move beyond a “quick fix” notion of center improvement by serving as a guide for program analysis and action, detailing a comprehensive method for assessing program strengths and areas in need of improvement. The heart of this approach is an individualized model of staff development. Numerous vignettes connect the concepts presented to real-life situations experienced by early childhood administrators. The book includes sample forms and assessment tools that directors can adapt for use in their own programs. From New Horizons.

CARA's Kit for Toddlers: Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities

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To make sure all toddlers in your early childhood program are participating, learning, and thriving, you need to master the art of choosing and using effective adaptations. Practical solutions are in CARA's Kit: a guidebook and CD-ROM brimming with step-by-step ideas for adapting environments, activities, and materials for children 18 to 36 months.

This guidebook speaks gives practitioners explicit guidance on the six-step process for planning and implementing adaptations and putting them into practice. Learn how to improve toddlers' engagement and participation through adapting the environment, daily schedule, activities for routines, materials, and instructional strategies and requirements. This kit includes a multimedia CD-ROM with everything you need to make adaptations work. From Brookes Publishing. 

Basics of Supporting Dual Language Learners: An Introduction for Educators of Children From Birth Through Age 8

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This book is designed to help all early childhood educators learn the basics of developmentally appropriate teaching practices for young children who are dual language learners. It covers key points about first and second language development, discusses the importance of supporting the home language, and describes how programs and schools can prepare for a diverse group of children. It is a useful introduction for administrators, monolingual and bilingual teachers and assistants, and social and family workers.

Whether you are an experienced early childhood educator or new to the field, this volume provides relevant information that will enable you to meet the needs of young dual language learners with success.

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