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Spotlight on Young Children and Social Studies

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When engaged in social studies, with guidance and encouragement from adults, children develop awareness of self and family and become active participants in the larger community. The knowledge and skills learned through social studies prepare children to become informed and engaged citizens of their country and the world.

In this collection of articles from Young Children and Beyond the Journal, experts discuss the historic roots of the social studies field, explain how quality books can help children understand themselves and others, and provide many examples of teachers and children engaged in meaningful social studies. The book includes a list of key resources as well as questions and activities designed to aid readers in reflecting on the articles.

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 of grades K–3, the book is also useful for teachers of younger children. Includes resources and examples of student work. From Heinemann.

Guiding Children's Behavior: Developmental Discipline in the Classroom

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Guiding Children's Behavior is a comprehensive guide to classroom management, emphasizing observation as the best way to determine developmentally appropriate interventions. By following a process for observing children, educators will learn how to see beyond children’s manifest behavior to focus on their motivations, needs, and interests.

 

Featuring a series of chapters organized by age, from birth through elementary school, this book helps teachers to individualize discipline practices; offers supportive vignettes and a menu of developmentally appropriate strategies that teachers can choose from; includes a training module to help teachers, administrators, and parents work together to create more consistency between home and school; and provides useful forms. From Teachers College Press. 

DEC Recommended Practices: A Comprehensive Guide for Practical Application in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

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This revised edition contains the information found in the original DEC Recommended Practices about the most useful programs for children with disabilities and other special needs, plus real-life examples and practical tips for implementation. This comprehensive guide includes strategies for program assessment and improvement, useful checklists for parents and administrators, and an annotated list of relevant resources. From Sopris West and the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

The Power of Observation: Birth to Age 8 (2nd ed.)

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This resource explores the vital connection between observing and effective teaching, offering guidelines and specific strategies to help teachers and caregivers transform observing into an essential component of their teaching practices. Much more than just a set of skills, observation is a mindset of openness and wonder that helps teachers and caregivers get to know more about each child in their care. In this second edition, the authors have added extensive, up-to-date examples to help teachers apply what they learn about children as well as a study guide for use in staff development and college courses. Copublished with Teaching Strategies. 

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Preschoolers

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Teachers of preschoolers can use this resource to learn about developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) so they can apply DAP in their work with preschoolers. Filled with information, practical ideas, and inspiration, this is a book that every preschool teacher will want! 

Chapters include

  • What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
    Key messages of NAEYC’s position statement
  • To Be an Excellent Teacher
    Connecting DAP to excellent teaching 
  • An Overview of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in the Preschool Years
    Overview of preschoolers’ learning and development 
  • Developmentally Appropriate Examples to Consider
    Examples of key DAP practices, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well
  • FAQs About Developmentally Appropriate Practice
    Responses to common questions 
  • Young Children Articles
    Seven articles from Young Children that provide examples of applying developmentally appropriate practice when working with preschoolers

Literacy Leadership in Early Childhood: The Essential Guide

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Today’s busy early childhood practitioners are being asked to do more, know more, and produce “results,” especially in the area of literacy development. Here is a resource that covers key aspects of literacy learning and teaching, including child development, standards, curriculum planning, assessment, professional development, and connections between school and home. Attention is given throughout to issues related to linguistic and cultural diversity, and all chapters end with “leadership strategies” that serve as a quick guide for action and reflection. Copublished with Teachers College Press.

Defending Childhood: Keeping the Promise of Early Education

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This book brings together a group of extraordinary educators and scholars who offer important insights about what we can do to defend childhood from societal challenges. The authors explain new findings from neuroscience and psychology, as well as emerging knowledge about the impact on child development of cultural and linguistic diversity, poverty, families and communities, and the media. From Teachers College Press. 

Professionalism in Early Childhood Education: Doing Our Best for Young Children

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Written for those entering the field or striving to grow within the profession, Stephanie Feeney helps readers understand the nature of the profession, what it means to behave in a professional way, and where they stand in their own professional journey. She devotes chapters to moral and technical competence and explains what the terms profession and professional mean. From Pearson. 

Social and Emotional Development: Connecting Science and Practice in Early Childhood Settings

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We know that holding babies while feeding them is important, and that games like “Simon Says” are not just for fun. But why are these practices in the social and emotional domains so important for children’s learning and development? And how can we explain our choices to parents, administrators, and even policy makers? With accessible language and numerous examples, this book answers these questions by examining the rationale and research base for best practices. Topics include attachment and exploration, friendship, impulse control, problem-solving, and state early learning standards. From Redleaf Press. 

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