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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.

 

Connecting Emergent Curriculum and Standards in the Early Childhood Classroom: Strengthening Content and Teaching Practice

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The most pressing challenge in early childhood education today is to find a way to meet the standards within a developmentally appropriate approach. In this book, two active early childhood educators provide teachers with resources to bring content alive and document it in every-day, action-based preK and kindergarten classrooms. This book includes lists of key content ideas—coordinated with learning standards in science, mathematics, social studies, and the communication arts—to guide teacher observations of, and interactions with, young children.

Chapters focus on ways to extend children’s emerging use of content in the block, manipulative, sand and water, drama, expressive arts, and literacy centers, as well as link to the development of themes. From Teachers College Press.

The Young Child and Mathematics (2nd ed.)

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Bestseller! This second edition of The Young Child and Mathematics reflects recent developments in math education in a wealth of vignettes from classrooms, activity ideas, and strategies for teaching young children about math processes and concepts. Using standards and guidelines from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and NAEYC, Juanita Copley shows how teachers can readily and enjoyably make mathematics an integral part of their classrooms all day, every day.

Includes a DVD of print and video resources, including clips of the author in action in real classrooms, engaging young children in math thinking and learning. Copublished with NCTM. 

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Supporting Boys' Learning: Strategies for Teacher Practice, Pre-K–Grade 3

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A growing body of research has raised concerns about boys’ vulnerability in terms of social and emotional development, referral to special education, and academic success. This user-friendly guide helps educators develop strategies for teaching boys in ways that build on their strengths, respect their individual development levels, and adhere to principles of child development. Includes examples from the field, reflections on practice, field-tested classroom strategies, and key resources. From Teachers College Press.

Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings

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Take steps toward environmental improvement and contribute to children’s potential for longer, healthier lives. The Go Green Rating Scale measures environmental health and safety in child care settings and evaluates categories such as air quality, cleaning products, hygiene and body-care products, pesticides, lead and other contaminants, and stewardship and green living. From Redleaf Press.

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Focus in Kindergarten: Teaching With Curriculum Focal Points

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Designed to support teachers, supervisors, and coordinators as they develop and refine mathematics curriculum, this volume offer practical ideas for bringing focus to mathematics learning and instruction in the classroom. Focus in Kindergarten describes and illustrates learning paths for the mathematical concepts and skills of each kindergarten Curriculum Focal Point from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Covers common student errors and misconceptions, reasons the errors may arise, and teaching methods to address them. Copublished with NCTM.

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