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Windows on Learning: Documenting Young Children's Learning (2d ed.)

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This updated classic shows teachers proven methods for documenting?including collecting, analyzing, and displaying?young children?s work in the classroom. Applicable to different curriculum models, it provides tips on how to develop children?s portfolios to use for assessment and accountability, as well as for sharing with families. Also useful for curriculum coordinators, principals, and other administrators, this edition has new features, including teacher materials, extra examples and photographs, information on teacher portfolios, and more. From Teachers College Press.

A How-To Guide for Teaching English Language Learners in the Primary Classroom

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In this wise and practical book, an experienced teacher shows you how to get non-native speakers started on language learning. She shares many innovative techniques and demonstrates how to build a classroom community that encourages and supports language learners by celebrating diversity, integrating language and expression into all areas of the curriculum, and actively involving families. Though written for teachers in grades K?3, the book is also useful for teachers of younger children. Includes resources and examples of student work. From Heinemann.

Make Way For Literacy: Teaching the Way Young Children Learn

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Practical, curriculum-enhancing literacy engagements encourage children to build and demonstrate literacy knowledge. This book offers suggestions for setting up and using a low-cost learner-centered physical and social environment that allows children to use their "hundred languages" to build and demonstrate literacy knowledge. Includes actual teaching and learning examples. Copublished with Heinemann.

The Young Child's Memory for Words: Developing First and Second Language and Literacy

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An integrated approach offering a fresh perspective, innovative strategies, and practical guidelines for language and literacy development in multilingual and multicultural settings. Effective, research-based teaching practices will help early childhood and elementary teachers to develop children?s skills and their lasting love of reading. Proven strategies support English language learners and emphasize linking preschool and kindergarten language and literacy teaching. From Teachers College Press.

Worms, Shadows and Whirlpools: Science in the Early Childhood Classroom

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This book represents a new way to think about science education for young children. Based on the growing understanding that even the littlest learners are powerful thinkers and theory makers, it identifies important science inquiry skills and concepts appropriate for the very young. What's more, it makes a strong case for integrating science into the curriculum right from the start?creating a context for the development of language, mathematical thinking, and social skills.

Authors Karen Worth and Sharon Grollman define and illustrate what science education can and should be. They draw upon what is known about the learning, effective teaching, and science education of young children by using the daily work of teachers and children in Head Start, kindergarten, day care, and preschool programs. They fill their book with teacher stories, photographs, and examples of children's work, plus commentary highlighting particular teaching strategies and child learning. Read this book and understand what a quality science program encompasses. Then see what the youngest students can do given the opportunity to explore phenomena and materials that draw upon their natural curiosity. Copublished with Heinemann.

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Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Kindergartners

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Exactly what you need to deepen your everyday practice in the kindergarten classroom! This book outlines the core ideas of developmentally appropriate practice, or DAP for short, as practiced in kindergarten.

This book discusses

  • The core components of DAP
  • Why play is an essential vehicle for learning during the kindergarten year
  • The five key aspects of effective teaching that enact DAP principles 
  • The most frequently asked questions about developmentally appropriate practice in kindergarten
  • An overview of learning and development for 5- and 6-year-olds

Whether you are a new or experienced kindergarten teacher, this book is for you.

A Great Place To Work: Improving Conditions for Staff in Young Children's Programs (Rev. ed.)

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Program directors often have only a general impression of how well things are going at their centers. This excellent book helps the director look at different dimensions, including collegiality, opportunities for professional growth, and supervisor support, to see how each contributes to the quality of work life for staff--and how each may be enhanced.

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Early Education Programs (3rd ed.)

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The third edition of Caring for Our Children contains updated guidelines on the development and evaluation of the health and safety of children in all types of early care and education settings. Covers health promotion, nutrition and food service, infectious diseases, program activities for health development, and more. Includes a new section on preventing childhood obesity. 

Issued jointly by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, and National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. 

Model Child Care Health Policies (4th ed.)

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Revised! This book contains model health policies that can be adapted or used selectively in any type of childcare setting. The policies are designed to allow you to insert information specific to your site so staff can quickly reference and handle day-to-day and emergency situations with proper procedures. Also included are reproducible forms, resource lists, and safety checklists. Covers everything from admissions and illness to media coverage and power failures.
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