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Come and Play: Sensory-Integration Strategies for Children With Play Challenges

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Play is necessary for children to learn and developmentally thrive. For this reason, early intervention is vital in addressing and redirecting play challenges that may appear in young children. This book addresses five common play challenges and provides key intervention guidelines and sample play plans for each challenge. These play challenges include children who

  • Roam the playroom
  • Play repetitiously
  • Appear anxious in play
  • Appear detached from their play
  • Are rejected by their peers

Includes sensory integration tips and activities to promote positive and productive play. From Redleaf Press. 

Family Child Care Homes: Creative Spaces for Children to Learn

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Promote the comfortable feeling of home, support children's needs, and maximize learning experiences in your family child care setting. Filled with wisdom from an experienced family child care professional, Family Child Care Homes includes knowledgeable suggestions for item selection, furniture arrangement, storage, and more. Loaded with color photographs and architectural illustrations of indoor and outdoor family child care settings, this resource provides plenty of inspiration and practical information to create a comfortable, home-like setting that benefits children of all ages. From Redleaf Press.

Teaching Children to Write: Constructing Meaning and Mastering Mechanics

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This book highlights the critical importance of integrating content and mechanics for successful and engaged writing at the kindergarten and primary level. Featuring the teaching philosophies and strategies of seven exemplary teachers and a discussion of relevant research and theory, Meier provides a fresh, practical, and much-needed perspective on making writing meaningful and effective in the current standards-based era. From Teachers College Press.

What If All the Kids Are White? Anti-Bias Multicultural Education With Young Children and Families (2nd ed.)

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In this updated edition, two distinguished early childhood educators tackle the crucial topic of what White children need and gain from anti-bias and multicultural education. This compelling text includes teaching strategies for early childhood settings, activities for families and staff, reflection questions, a record of 20th and 21st century White anti-racism activists, and organizational and website resources.

Bringing this guide completely up-to-date, the authors
  • Address the current state of racism and anti-racism in the United States, including the election of the first African American president and the rise in hate groups
  • Review child development research with a particular emphasis on recent observational studies that show how White children enact racial power codes
  • Discuss implementation of the core learning themes in racially diverse early childhood education settings, state standards for preschools and pre-K classrooms, and NCLB pressures on early childhood teaching
  • Update all resources and appendices, including further reading lists and websites for finding resources and organizations engaged in anti-racism work

From Teachers College Press.

Focus in Grade 3: Teaching With Curriculum Focal Points

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Focus in Grade 3 shows teachers and other educators how they can incorporate NCTM’s Curriculum Focal Points into their current mathematics curricula. The book provides practical ideas for bringing focus to mathematics learning and instruction in the classroom.

Intended as a professional development tool, it presents self- and group-reflection tasks, sample student work, a sample state mathematics curriculum organized around the Focal Points, and other tools that teacher educators can use with the preservice teachers in their classes.

By focusing more intensely on fewer topics at each grade level, students gain a deeper understanding of mathematical ideas. This volume will help teachers think about what a focused curriculum means and how they might begin to build focus into their existing curricula. Copublished with NCTM.

Young Investigators: The Project Approach in the Early Years (2nd ed.)

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Completely updated and expanded, this book will help teachers use the project approach in child care centers, in preschools, and in kindergarten, first grade, and early childhood special education classrooms. For those new to using projects, the book introduces the approach and provides step-by-step guidance for conducting meaningful projects. Experienced teachers will find the teacher interviews, children’s work, photographs, and teacher journal entries used to document the project process in actual classrooms very useful. New features include the use of technology, nature experiences, and expanded toddler projects. Copublished with Teachers College Press.

Ramps & Pathways: A Constructivist Approach to Physics With Young Children

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If you think the words young children and physics don’t belong together, think again. Based on the theories of Piaget and the work of DeVries and Sales, this book successfully makes the case for building a constructivist approach to physical science learning in the early childhood classroom.

  • Reviews how children “construct” content knowledge and the mental ability to organize knowledge (intelligence)
  • Explains why ramps activities engage children deeply in reasoning about physical objects and phenomena such as force and motion, across a range of ages and developmental levels, even over several years
  • Provides a rationale you can use to explain and defend the educational value of children’s play and exploration
  • Shows you how to apply the 10 principles of constructivist teaching in your classroom
  • Includes dozens of full-color photographs of children’s amazing structures 

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Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs (2nd ed.)

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Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education contains the new set of national standards describing evidence-based best practices in nutrition, physical activity, and screen time for early care and education programs. It focuses on general nutrition education and requirements for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers along with active opportunities for physical activities. Excerpted from Caring for Our Children (#705).

From the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Public Health Association (APHA), & National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC).

Focus in Grade 2: Teaching With Curriculum Focal Points

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Focus in Grade 2 shows teachers and other educators how they can incorporate NCTM’s Curriculum Focal Points into their current mathematics curricula. The book provides practical ideas for bringing focus to mathematics learning and instruction in the classroom. 

Intended as a professional development tool, it presents self- and group-reflection tasks, sample student work, a sample state mathematics curriculum organized around the Focal Points, and other tools that teacher educators can use with the preservice teachers in their classes.

By focusing more intensely on fewer topics at each grade level, students gain a deeper understanding of mathematical ideas. This volume will help teachers think about what a focused curriculum means and how they might begin to build focus into their existing curricula. Copublished with NCTM.

Foundations for Teaching Excellence: Connecting Early Childhood Quality Rating, Professional Development, and Competency Systems

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Edited by ECE experts Howes and Pianta, this book will help decision-makers and administrators begin to develop coordinated, effective teacher quality systems—ones that not only get teachers ready for the classroom, but also promote continuous learning of new skills and strategies.

This book offers an in-depth exploration of the role of Early Childhood Education Competencies, Professional Development, and Quality Rating Systems in high-quality education, including analyses of how six states are making progress toward integrating them. Through case studies on each state—Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania—readers will examine the diverse approaches these systems are taking to

  • determine early childhood education competencies and systematically link them with professional development and quality rating systems (QRS)
  • develop and manage the structure, content, and delivery of effective professional development
  • establish the staff qualifications required at each QRS level, encourage teachers to move beyond basic licensing requirements
  • organize and direct their funds
  • provide incentives and motivation for staff participation in professional development
  • create clear partnerships between state organizations to promote integration of systems
From Brookes Publishing.

 

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