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Spotlight on Young Children and Families

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Family involvement is critical to the success of young children in early learning environments and beyond. Educators must strive to acknowledge and value the many differences of each family. Educators must strive to acknowledge and value the many differences of each family.  

In this collection of articles from Young Children and Beyond the Journal, the authors address topics such as sharing the care of infants and toddlers, acknowledging culture and promoting inclusion, conferencing with families, and helping to support learning at home. A list of key resources as well as questions and activities designed to aid readers in reflecting on the articles are included. 

Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice Set (Book & DVD)

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Developmentally appropriate practice is so fundamental to the early childhood field that all new educators need a sound grasp from the very start. While DAP’s basic concepts aren’t difficult or arcane, they can be understood wrongly or incompletely—and often are! This engaging set (Basics of DAP book and Looking at the Basics of DAP DVD) describes the core concepts and makes them meaningful to everyday practice.

Exploring Water With Young Children Trainer's Guide

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This indispensable handbook for trainers and administrators introduces staff to the Exploring Water With Young Children curriculum—from planning to implementation. Seven basic and eight advanced workshops develop staff members understanding of science and inquiry teaching skills. Includes strategies for supporting teachers over time through mentoring and guided discussions, as well as charts, forms, and reproducible overheads for extended study and reflection. From Redleaf Press.

Essential Touch: Meeting the Needs of Young Children

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Some early childhood programs have adopted no-touch policies, and others allow only a very minimal level of physical contact between teachers and children. Yet touch is as necessary as food or water for young children to thrive and grow physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Experiences of touch in all its forms—whether nurturing touch from adults, tactile explorations of the environment, or physical interactions with peers—are essential to high-quality early care and education.

Literacy and the Youngest Learner: Best Practices for Educators of Children From Birth to 5

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Literacy—the ability to listen, speak, read, and write—begins developing long before children enter elementary school. Catherine Snow states in the foreword: “Every early childhood setting needs a copy of this book,” and we agree. This volume will support teachers as they work to meet new literacy standards in developmentally appropriate ways, offering guidance on building essential skills such as oral language and phonological awareness and useful suggestions for dramatic play areas, book nooks, writing centers, and other spaces that together create a literacy-rich environment. From Scholastic.

The Intentional Teacher: Choosing the Best Strategies for Young Children's Learning

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New edition now available! As educators, we must act with knowledge and purpose to make sure young children acquire the skills and understanding they need to succeed. Planful, intentional teachers keep in mind the key goals for children's learning and development in all domains by creating supportive environments, planning curriculum, and selecting from a variety of teaching strategies those that best promote each child's thinking and skills. The Intentional Teacher considers how and when each type of learning (child-guided, adult-guided, or a combination) is most effective, and what teachers can do to support them. "This is one of the best early childhood books that I have ever read," says Sue Bredekamp, "and I have read a lot of them."

A Parent's Guide to Preschool

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What is my child actually learning in preschool? What can I do to help? This illustrated booklet answers the questions many parents ask and shows how parents and teachers can work together to help children acquire the skills, attitudes, and habits to do well in school and throughout life. From Teaching Strategies.

Employment Opportunities in Education: How to Secure Your Career

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Invaluable for the 2- or 4-year ECE student or for early ECE professionals, this resource covers job opportunities from infant care to college-level ECE instruction, explores the growing number of job titles and employers in the field, and details where jobs exist and what qualifications are necessary. Accompanying CD-ROM includes sample cover letters, resumes, interview tips, and checklists that aid in advancing an educational career, from structuring a self-assessment of interests and skills to competing for a specific job. From Thomson Delmar Learning.

From Parents to Partners: Building a Family-Centered Early Childhood Program

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Parent partnerships are an essential factor in every successful early childhood program, and communication is key to developing them. How can you use familiar elements such as newsletters, bulletin boards, parent conferences, and special events most effectively? The answers may surprise you! This comprehensive guide describes proven communication strategies to encourage the involvement of family members. Interactive, hands-on exercises allow you to adapt the principles and practices presented to your program and are uniquely designed to include the whole family unit—not just the parents—as partners both at home and in your setting. Copublished with Redleaf.

K Today: Teaching and Learning in the Kindergarten Year

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The kindergarten year is quite unlike preschool and not like first grade, either. What should teaching practice look like for this critical year? K Today offers a vivid picture of kindergarten children, perceptive discussion of the current kindergarten context and policy issues, and clear guidelines for teaching and assessing kindergartners.

Also, for six curriculum domains--language and literacy, math, science, the creative arts, social studies, and physical education--leading experts outline what children should know and be able to do and how effective teachers ensure that learning. For both current and future practitioners, this fresh, engaging resource gets readers thinking and promotes well-informed, thoughtful teaching and leadership at the kindergarten level.

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