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Fostering Children's Social Competence: The Teacher's Role

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On an essential topic, this book is both authoritative and accessible to early childhood professionals. Drawing from research and expert practice, Katz and McClellan explain developmental factors in social competence, positive and negative influences on disposition (including negative classroom influences that may surprise you), and suggest principles and strategies for teachers to understand and foster social competence.

Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten: A Tool Kit for Preparing Children and Families

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Making the transition into kindergarten is a significant and exciting milestone in young children's lives. With proper coordination and planning, it can be a smooth process, benefiting children, families, and schools. Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? provides information and practical advice to help you help children and their families prepare for the transition and then successfully begin kindergarten. Includes helpful activities, reproducible checklists and handouts, and planning templates. From Redleaf Press.

The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transition (3rd ed.)

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This book describes how the world-renowned preschool services and accompanying practical strategies for children under age 6 in Reggio Emilia have evolved in response to the community's demographic and political transformations, and to generational changes in both the educators and the parents of the children. From Praeger.

The Early Care and Education Teaching Workforce at the Fulcrum: An Agenda for Reform

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With the most thorough synthesis of current research on the early care and education teaching workforce, this book offers recommendations to better prepare, recruit, and retain teachers; reviews current research; and places issues in a system-based context to examine the teaching workforce in many settings. With answers to frequently asked questions about effectiveness and professional development and an overview of dozens of initiatives and programs, the book concludes with a call for bold changes that would transform the early care and education workforce. For students, teachers, professors, administrators, and policy makers. From Teachers College Press.

The Colors of Learning: Integrating the Visual Arts into the Early Childhood Curriculum

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This creative and in-depth book will change the way that teachers think about and react to children's artwork. Based on both NAEYC and the National Art Education Association standards, the authors promote the integration of visual art into all early childhood curriculum areas, helping early childhood professionals to present meaningful art experiences to children so that they become engrossed in expressing their ideas and newly learned concepts through art media. Features actual classroom dialogue and many illustrations of children's art. Copublished with Teachers College Press.

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

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This book comes with access to a downloadable (.pdf) Study Guide written by the author exclusively for this special NAEYC edition.

How can we help children thrive in life and as life-long learners?

As a faculty member at Bank Street College of Education, researcher, and president of the Families and Work Institute, Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing the “essential life skills” children need to cope with modern life and achieve to their full potential. These seven skills are

  • focus and self control
  • perspective taking
  • communicating
  • making connections
  • critical thinking
  • taking on challenges
  • self-directed, engaged learning
This book describes strategies for teachers in their classrooms--and for families at home--to foster these critical cognitive and social-emotional skills.

Increasing the Power of Instruction: Integration of Language, Literacy, and Math Across the Preschool Day

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A day in a preschool classroom can be hectic, and with so many learning goals to be met, it’s no surprise that teachers sometimes wonder how they will get it all done. This accessible book by Judith Schickedanz shows teachers how to maximize the scope and power of their instruction through integration—across content domains and across learning contexts.

 

With a focus on language, literacy, and mathematics, Schickedanz introduces strategies that will bolster instruction in all subjects. Engaging vignettes demonstrate effective integration throughout the schedule, including during story time, center time, and large and small group sessions. She writes that integration can "help us better manage our time and make instruction more powerful—and learning more meaningful—for children." This wonderful book shows you how to do just that.

Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn: Building Essential Skills in Young Children

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From the very beginning of a child's life, effective listening includes becoming aware, focusing, selecting cues from the environment, and filtering out distractions. And in the preschool years, children are ready to learn a lot more about becoming good listeners. Yet very few teachers have had specific preparation for actually teaching children how to listen. Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn provides clear, research-based guidance to help teachers set young children's listening behaviors on the right path, as well as reassess their own listening skills.

Scaffolding Children's Learning: Vygotsky and Early Childhood Education

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Why is this resource considered indispensable by teacher educators across the United States? It does a masterful job of introducing key Vygotskian concepts clearly and concisely and guiding teachers in applying these powerful ideas in the classroom. Includes discussion of key concepts such as play, language, assessment, development, special needs, and more.

Active for Life: Developmentally Appropriate Movement Programs for Young Children

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Most young children love vigorous physical activity, but research shows that they may not continue to be active throughout childhood and beyond if they lack a foundation of skills. Early childhood educators need to ensure children's learning of the physical skills as well as movement concepts necessary to start them toward active and healthy lives. This book provides guidance on what high-quality movement programs should include: environments designed for young children, effective curriculum components, developmental approaches to teaching, planned assessment, and more. Unlocking children's movement potential will inspire a love of physical activity for years to come.

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