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The What, Why, and How of High-Quality Early Childhood Education: A Guide for On-Site Supervision (Rev. ed.)

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An invaluable tool for the director/supervisor striving to identify what aspects of an early childhood program need improvement, this book gives staff feedback that really alters their practice. It is equally useful in helping teachers or caregivers take a thoughtful look at their own practices. Used in college courses, the book's detailed descriptions of what one should see in good programs (and why) give students a strong foundation of child development knowledge and of principles translated into practice.

Teaching in the Key of Life

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This small book uses adorable anecdotes and powerful poetics to key into the heart of teaching—the enrichment of children’s lives. The author demonstrates from example to example, child to child, how and why to teach with joy, openness, love, and playfulness—how to “teach in the key of life”—which will inspire the best in every early childhood educator.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs (Rev. ed.)

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Expanding from the core ideas of the influential 1987 edition, this volume spells out more fully the principles underlying developmentally appropriate practice and guidelines for classroom decision making. The revised edition is explicit about the importance of the social and cultural context in considering appropriateness of practices. For all engaged in the care and education of infants and toddlers, 3- through 5-year-olds, or primary-grade children, this book offers an overview of each period of development and extensive examples of practices appropriate and inappropriate with children in that age group.

2009 edition now available!

Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children

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An influential best-seller full of suggestions for helping staff and children respect each other as individuals and confronting, transcending, and eliminating barriers based on race, culture, gender, or ability. Chapters include: why an anti-bias curriculum; creating an anti-bias environment; learning about racial differences and similarities; learning about disabilities; learning about gender identity; learning about cultural differences and similarities; learning to resist stereotyping and discriminatory behavior; and working with parents.

 

2010 edition now available - Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves

In Our Own Way: How Anti-Bias Work Shapes Our Lives

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Early childhood professionals seeking to create or strengthen anti-bias programs in their own settings can learn from those who have "been there." With personal reflections of those who have worked in early childhood settings, In Our Own Way guides directors and teachers who wish to create or strengthen an anti-bias program and meet the challenges of anti-bias work in their own communities. Facing difficult questions and situations, an anti-bias approach brings greater understanding and fosters strong relationships.

 

Chapters by Cecilia Alvarado, LaVita Burnley, Louise Derman-Sparks, Eric Hoffman, Linda Irene Jiménez, June Labyzon, Patricia Ramsey, Annette Unten, Beth Wallace, and Barbara Yasui.

 

From Redleaf Press.

Promoting Meaningful Learning: Innovations in Educating Early Childhood Professionals

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Teacher educators from Australia and the United States describe their innovations in educating early childhood professionals in the university and other contexts. In this rich collection of ideas and strategies, students are participating and collaborating in a wide range of meaningful experiences designed to explore the ethics, theories, and challenges of teaching. From Vygotsky and culture to multimedia observation and special needs, tomorrow's early childhood educators have experiences that make a lasting difference in their teaching and professional lives.

 

Making the Most of Meetings: A Practical Guide

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Meetings are the glue that holds early childhood organizations together. Directors rely on meetings for communicating information, identifying and solving problems, and making new decisions and modifying old ones. Skill in facilitating meetings is essential for effective program management, and the practical tips and techniques found here will help you lead more engaging and productive meetings. Accomplish more work in less time, and have fun in the process! From New Horizons.

The Young Child and Mathematics

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This engaging, accessible book opens our eyes to young children's extensive math interests and abilities. Consistent with both NAEYC guidelines on curriculum and assessment and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, the book's lively vignettes and teacher-tested ideas will convert even those who proclaim, "I don't do math!" Copublished with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

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The new second edition is now available!

Music in Our Lives: The Early Years

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Even if you’re no musician yourself, you can teach children to sing, listen to good music, and play instruments. This straightforward resource will help you to understand children’s natural music making abilities at various developmental stages and offer guidelines and song examples to nurture and develop rhythm, listening, improvisation, and self-expression.

 

Number in Preschool and Kindergarten: Educational Implications of Piaget's Theory

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What arithmetic activities are better than teaching children to count and fill in worksheets? Hundreds! Children learn about numbers by voting, dividing snacks, playing games, even cleanup! Chapters include: the nature of number; objectives for teaching number; and principles of teaching.

 

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