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Are You Listening? Fostering Conversations that Help Young Children Learn

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Conversations are more than just an exchange of words. Conversation is a powerful tool that engages children in actively constructing their understandings of the world while also strengthening their social, cognitive, and language skills. This book offers early childhood educators an original model for using conversation as a learning tool in the classroom that is child-centered and compatible with emergent and Reggio Emilia approaches. From Redleaf Press.

Teacher Talk Series (3-Booklet Set)

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This new set of three beautifully illustrated booklets gives early childhood educators and preschool teachers practical, real-life strategies to help children in their classrooms interact, communicate, and develop their social, language, and literacy skills. Each booklet is designed to help professionals in child care and preschool settings lay the foundation for children’s future academic and social success using a research-based, step-by-step approach.

The booklets include Encouraging Language Development in Early Childhood Settings (#739), Fostering Peer Interaction in Early Childhood Settings (#740), and Let Language Lead the Way to Literacy (#746). 

Bridging: Assessment for Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms, PreK-3

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Effective teachers utilize challenging and inviting curriculum while evaluating children’s learning in order to extend their development through the school year. Written for PreK–3 educators, this book helps teachers do just that by blending curriculum planning, implementation, and assessment into one seamless process and providing a practical, performance-based approach to early childhood assessment. From Corwin Press.

Managing Money: A Center Director's Guidebook

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An excellent resource, packed with expert advice on every aspect of money management, planning, fundraising, financial reporting, cash flow analysis, salary schedules, fee policies, and more. Directors will appreciate this comprehensive guide to one of the most important aspects of center management—money. From Child Care Exchange.

Simple Transitions for Infants and Toddlers

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Daily routines and transitions make up a great deal of the day in the infant/toddler setting. This book is full of useful ideas for helping children move through the day with a sense of security and maximal learning and development. The author also offers insight and help for guiding children through larger transitions, such as separation anxiety and toilet training, all grounded in a deep understanding of children of these ages. From Gryphon House.

Caring Spaces, Learning Places: Children's Environments That Work

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Using anecdotes, charts, poems, and exercises for teachers, this book lays out the tools for creating the best learning environments for young children. Greenman discusses environment and emotions, program structure, building layout, age-specific needs, indoor/outdoor learning, and more. From Child Care Exchange.

Building Support for Your School: How to Use Children's Work to Show Learning

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Learn how to use children’s work to communicate what is being learned in early childhood and elementary school classrooms. Extending the work begun in Windows on Learning: Documenting Young Children's Work, this book offers the tools educators need to present powerful evidence—other than test scores—that children are learning. Includes specific strategies for implementing more effective professional communication, and extensive resources on communication techniques. From Teachers College Press.

Project Spectrum: Early Learning Activities

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Howard Gardner's multiple-intelligences work has transformed our thinking about nurturing individual children's learning. From his innovative team comes this book of carefully developed learning activities in eight areas: mechanics and construction, science, music, math, visual arts, language, movement, and social understanding. From Teachers College Press.

Handbook for Early Childhood Administrators: Directing with a Mission

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This handbook walks you through the management tasks essential to intentional, goal-oriented directing. Perfect for administrators and directors with core early childhood values in mind, Reno and her coauthors offer a wealth of varied resources, including forms, recommended readings, websites, and writing prompts to encourage reflection. Also examines successful strategies for managing staff and budgets while conforming to all legal and regulatory requirements. From Allyn & Bacon.

Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments

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This beautiful book will inspire you to create appealing, well-designed environments that nurture children, families, and staff and support learning. Offering a multitude of simple and practical ideas for creative indoor and outdoor environments, the book features hundreds of gorgeous full-color photographs of real program settings for infants through primary children. Learn how to shape welcoming spaces where children can learn and grow. From Redleaf Press. 

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