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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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

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!

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.

 

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