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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.

A Place for Me: Including Children with Special Needs in Early Care and Education Settings

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Gives teachers and caregivers strong encouragement and practical help to meet the challenges involved in making inclusion work. Chapters include dealing with your feelings; common feelings about persons with special needs; preparing yourself and the physical environment; the child with special needs; regular activities first; assist with integration; encouraging independence; children with typical needs; working with parents; and working with other agencies.

Gives teachers and caregivers strong encouragement and practical help to meet the challenges involved in making inclusion work. Chapters include dealing with your feelings; common feelings about persons with special needs; preparing yourself and the physical environment; the child with special needs; regular activities first; assist with integration; encouraging independence; children with typical needs; working with parents; and working with other agencies.

Spotlight on Young Children and Science

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Doing great science and math in your classroom? Chances are you feel you could be doing even better. In this collection of engaging and thoughtful articles from Young Children, the authors describe fresh, effective ideas for early childhood science and help us think carefully about the what and the how in a first-rate science program. This beautifully produced volume includes a list of top resources in the area and carefully designed questions and activities to aid students and other readers in reflecting on the articles.

Building Classroom Community: The Early Childhood Teacher's Role

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Fostering positive values and a sense of community in young children is the heart of the early childhood teacher’s role. With many years of experience in a variety of early childhood settings, esteemed author Jeannette Stone writes simply and powerfully of how to instill respect, responsibility, and compassion in today’s young children.

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.

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