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Constructivism across the Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms: Big Ideas as Inspiration

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Timely support for preschool and primary teachers who wish to bring constructivism and Reggio Emilia’s ideas into their practice without losing sight of requirements. Introductory chapters provide the broad, theoretical framework, and “Big Idea” chapters present seven big ideas—light, balance, cause and effect, transformation, sound, zooming in and out, and upside down—as springboards for building an interdisciplinary, child-centered curriculum. From Allyn & Bacon.

Timely support for teachers who wish to bring constructivism and Reggio Emilia?s ideas into their practice without losing sight of requirements. Introductory chapters provide the broad, theoretical framework, and ?Big Idea? chapters present seven big ideas?light, balance, cause and effect, transformation, sound, zooming in and out, and upside down?as springboards for building an interdisciplinary, child-centered curriculum. From Allyn & Bacon.

Caring: Supporting Children's Growth

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Find positive ways to help children deal with the challenges of growing up, including divorce, abuse, and death. Chapters include accepting children; accepting parents; helping young children handle harsh realities; and separation: a developmental challenge.

Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K–5

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Effective, intentional teaching begins with a strong set of beliefs, but even the best teachers struggle to make sure that their classroom practice consistently reflects their core convictions. Here Miller shares her process of defining beliefs, aligning practice, and taking action to ensure children's learning. In an environment where the handing down of scripted programs and "foolproof" curricula is increasingly the norm, this volume offers a compelling reminder that truly transformative teaching is built from the ground up by every teacher, in every classroom, with every group of students. From Stenhouse Publishers. 

The Power of Assessment: Transforming Teaching and Learning

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The Power of Assessment explores the critical role of the assessment cycle in the early childhood classroom. Dispelling the myth of assessment as a daunting or anxiety-inducing task, the author positions assessment as a powerful teaching tool leading to more effective teaching and better outcomes for young children. This resource empowers teachers to effectively foster children’s learning and create positive relationships with children and their families.

This book focuses on the interrelationships among assessment, teaching, and learning, including:

  • questions teachers can ask to initiate and continue the assessment cycle
  • how teachers can collect and organize information about development and learning
  • strategies for helping teachers interpret of assessment data
  • actions teachers can take that will benefit children
  • the importance of communicating with children and families about assessment
  • the role of standardized testing
  • how, during the assessment process, teachers help children become competent learners by guiding them to think about their own learning

From Teaching Strategies.

Many Languages, Building Connections: Supporting Infants and Toddlers Who Are Dual Language Learners

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Language is a vital component of early experiences well before a child can say his first word. Infants and toddlers whose families come from diverse backgrounds and speak different languages are appearing in all kinds of early care and learning settings in growing numbers. Many Languages, Building Connections outlines adaptable strategies that caregivers of children younger than the age of three need to feel confident that they know how language develops, how cultural differences can come into play, and how to assess an individual child's situation to provide appropriate support. From Gryphon House.

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.

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