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The Cooking Book: Fostering Young Children's Learning and Delight

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Here is a book that invites teachers to the table—even those of us who don't see ourselves as cooks—to create tasty, wholesome projects with children. Young children certainly love to cook, and cooking experiences give them a chance to see a task through to completion and take pride in a product. As they prepare food, children learn social competence; science, math, and literacy skills; and the joy of creativity. Author Laura Colker has decades of experience cooking with children and teaching early childhood educators to do so. In The Cooking Book, she shares that experience and scores of kid-tested recipes. Enjoy!

 

Spotlight on Young Children and Play

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This vibrant book, compiled from Young Children articles, focuses on the varied powers of play—as a source of enjoyment and as a tool for learning. Addresses areas such as play’s role in academic learning, toddler play, outdoor play, theories of play, adaptations for children with special needs, and media impact on play. Also includes a list of key resources in the area and carefully designed questions and activities to aid readers in reflecting on the articles.

Spotlight on Young Children and Assessment

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The articles in this engaging volume, mostly from Young Children, address the purposes of and uses for assessment. Expert commentary from Marian Marion, Gayle Mindes, Richard Clifford, Diane Trister Dodge and others offers an overview of the topic and specific examples to show how assessment informs and improves practice in early childhood education. Includes a statement of position from NAEYC and NAECS/SDE. Also available in Spanish (see #285S).

Showcasing Mathematics for the Young Child: Activities for Three-, Four-, and Five-Year-Olds

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Describes and discusses learning experiences that promote early mathematics development for children aged three to five across five content areas: number and operations, geometry, algebra, measurement, and data analysis. A continuing story threads through the book, drawing on the power of storytelling as an effective medium to attach meaning to mathematics. Teachers can use this book to help themselves teach mathematics, learn mathematics, and most important, "listen to children think!" Copublished with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners

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Even the most experienced preschool teacher can feel a bit unsure about meeting the unique needs of children from different language backgrounds. Many Languages, One Classroom applies the latest information about best practices to all aspects of a preschool program. This book is designed to fit any preschool curriculum and addresses state standards and benchmarks of standard quality programming. From Gryphon House.

Spotlight on Teaching Preschoolers

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Successful and effective preschool teachers use creative, engaging approaches to support the development and learning of every child in the classroom. The highly relevant and practical articles in this volume, drawn from recent issues of NAEYC’s journal Young Children, offer research-based, developmentally appropriate strategies that preschool teachers can use or adapt for their work with young children and families. Each article celebrates and informs the work of preschool teachers.

Extending the Dance in Infant and Toddler Caregiving: Enhancing Attachment and Relationships

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Secure attachment between child and parent is one of the most important factors in early learning and development, and infant/toddler teachers are the critical third partner in this relationship dance. Extending the Dance in Infant & Toddler Caregiving provides an in-depth blueprint for establishing and maintaining a relationship-based early childhood program that promotes young children’s optimal development. This warm and practical resource will help caregivers develop nurturing relationships with young children while also strengthening parent-child attachment. Copublished with Brookes. 

Discovering Nature With Young Children Trainer's Guide

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This indispensable guide for trainers and administrators introduces teaching staff to the complete Discovering Nature With Young Children curriculum—from planning to implementation. Features an introduction to scientific reasoning for adults, workshops to prepare teachers to use the curriculum, and strategies for supporting teachers over time through mentoring and guided discussions. Includes detailed charts, forms and reproducible overheads for extended study and reflection. From Redleaf Press.

A Great Place to Work: Creating a Healthy Organizational Climate

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Early childhood program administrators often have a global impression that things are going well or not so well at their center, but they lack specific feedback on just what the different areas of the organization contribute to those impressions. This updated and expanded edition helps directors define more precisely how 10 dimensions of a center shape the quality of work life for staff. From New Horizons. 

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.

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.

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