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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.

Focus in Prekindergarten: 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 offers practical ideas for bringing focus to mathematics learning and instruction in the classroom. Focus in Prekindergarten describes and illustrates learning paths for the mathematical concepts and skills of each prekindergarten 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.

Preschool Pathways to Science: Facilitating Scientific Ways of Thinking, Talking, Doing, and Understanding

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This innovative resource helps preschoolers investigate their everyday world and develop the basics of scientific thinking—skills they'll apply across subject areas when they enter school. Preschool Pathways to Science isn't a rigid curriculum that asks children to memorize facts; it's a flexible, hands-on approach that helps teachers build on what children do best—actively explore their world. Includes sample schedules and activities that support science learning and reasoning within everyday routines and lessons. From Brookes Publishing.

Getting It RIGHT for Young Children From Diverse Backgrounds: Applying Research to Improve Practice

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Grounded in real-life experiences and guided by rigorous research findings, this resource provides the tools and guidance practitioners need to meet the challenges of educating all young children. The author summarizes the latest scientific evidence on the development and school achievement of English language learners and children living in poverty to offer classroom and program recommendations. An invaluable tool for practicing teachers and policy makers alike. Copublished with Pearson.

Reaching Standards and Beyond in Kindergarten: Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning

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Standards provide important benchmarks for student learning, but meeting them doesn’t mean you have to take away creativity, lively participation, and joyful learning. This resource offers research-based and field-tested strategies to address content standards in ways that nurture kindergartners’ natural love of learning. The authors show how projects, play, and other engaging learning experiences can help children reach standards in literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. Also covers the transitions to and from kindergarten. Copublished with Corwin Press. 

Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves

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Bestseller! The eagerly awaited successor to the influential Anti-Bias Curriculum! Become a skilled anti-bias teacher with this volume’s practical guidance to confronting and eliminating barriers of prejudice, misinformation, and bias about specific aspects of personal and social identity; most importantly, find tips for helping staff and children respect each other, themselves, and all people.

Over the last two decades, educators across the nation and around the world have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in anti-bias work. The result is a richer and more nuanced articulation of what is important in anti-bias education. Individual chapters focus on culture and language, racial identity, family structures, gender identity, economic class, different abilities, holidays, and more. 

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A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence

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Playful learning captivates children’s minds in ways that support better academic and social outcomes as well as strategies for lifelong learning. Written in clear and expressive language, this book offers a comprehensive review of research supporting playful learning along with succinct policy and practice recommendations that derive from this research. A must read for teachers, policy makers, and parents alike. From Oxford University Press.

50 Strategies for Communicating and Working with Diverse Families (2d ed.)

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Families come in all kinds of sizes, shapes, structures, and makeup. This practical book provides strategies on partnering with families to support and enhance the quality of early childhood programs. Strong teacher-family partnerships are key to creating useful, inclusive programs that respect and honor differences in families and individuals, and these easy-to-use strategies provide the basis for working and communicating productively with all kinds of families. Chapters cover an array of relevant topics, from considering authority and communicating through writing to managing conflicts. From Pearson/Merrill.  

Encouraging Language Development in Early Childhood Settings (Booklet)

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Learn how to create enriched, interactive language-learning environments during play and daily activities. Strategies described apply to all the children in the classroom, including those who have language delays, those who are second language learners, as well as those who are typically developing. Part of the Teacher Talk series, from the Hanen Centre. 

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