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Don't Leave the Story in the Book: Using Literature to Guide Inquiry in Early Childhood Classrooms

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Drawing from 30 years of teaching and professional development experience, the author offers a roadmap for using children’s literature to provide authentic learning. Featuring a “storyteller’s voice,” each chapter includes a case study about how a particular fiction or nonfiction work can be used in an early childhood classroom; a series of open-ended questions to help readers construct their own inquiry units; and a bibliography of children’s literature. From Teachers College Press.

The Play's the Thing: Teachers' Roles in Children's Play (2nd ed.)

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Responding to current debates on the place of play in schools, Jones and Reynolds explain how and why play is a critical part of children’s development, as well as the central role adults have to promote it. This classic textbook and popular practitioner resource offers systematic descriptions and analyses of the different roles a teacher adopts to support play, including those of stage manager, mediator, player, scribe, assessor, communicator, and planner. From Teachers College Press. 

Adding Math, Subtracting Tension: A Guide to Raising Children Who Can Do Math—Prekindergarten-Grade 2

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This book is intended to help parents develop a positive relationship with their child by offering approaches to math and including activities that make it a source of fun. Many family pastimes can build a child’s foundation in math while including it in a natural way. Introducing math at an early age can help children to explore mathematical ideas throughout their grade-school years. From NCTM. 

Spotlight on Young Children and Nature

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Nature exploration is fundamental to young children’s curiosity, discovery, and sense of wonder—it supports their growth in all developmental domains. In this collection of engaging articles from NAEYC’s journal Young Children, teachers of children from infancy through age 8 will learn about using nature education to address early learning standards, to involve families and the community, and to encourage children’s appreciation of the natural world. The book offers a comprehensive resource list and a professional development guide with questions and activities to help readers reflect on current practices and incorporate new ones.

Big Body Play: Why Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play Is Essential to Children's Development and Learning

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“Big body play”—the sometimes rowdy, always very physical running, rolling, climbing, tagging, jumping, grabbing, and wrestling that most children love and many adults try to shut down—can and should be an integral part of every early childhood setting. Drawing from evidence-based practice and the latest research, this book explains the multitude of benefits of big body play for young children’s social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Also learn how to organize the physical environment, set rules and policies, and supervise the play. 

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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.

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