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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

For each of these skills, Galinsky shows parents what the studies have proven, and she provides numerous concrete things that parents can do—starting today—to strengthen these skills in their children. These aren't the kinds of skills that children just pick up; these skills have to be fostered. They are the skills that give children the ability to focus on their goals so that they can learn more easily and communicate what they've learned. These are the skills that prepare children for the pressures of modern life, skills that they will draw on now and for years to come. From Harper.

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

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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. Past Comprehensive Member Benefit.

Scaffolding Children's Learning: Vygotsky and Early Childhood Education

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Both scholarly and highly readable, this timely volume will be welcomed by early childhood educators, teachers, and students. Vygotsky and his theories emphasizing social, cultural, and societal development are clearly and comprehensively introduced with practical ideas for turning theory into practice. Includes discussion of key concepts such as play, language, assessment, development, special needs, and more.

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!

 

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.

From Lullabies to Literature: Stories in the Lives of Infants and Toddlers

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The ability to use language (speak, read, write) is not something that children suddenly or automatically develop. It is rather a culmination of experiences with language that begin at birth. Sharing stories (oral storytelling, books) and ?story experiences? (conversations, songs, poems, rhymes) with infants and toddlers is critical to building their emergent literacy skills. At the same time, it expands their experience and understanding of the world and also prompts positive interactions with adults and other children, fostering social development. Sprinkled with charming vignettes and ideas for stories to share, From Lullabies to Literature explains how the many types of stories and story experiences are best used with very young children, with a particular focus on using books, and how teachers can plan and provide story experiences most effectively, including by partnering with families. Past Comprehensive Member Benefit.

Small-Group Times to Scaffold Early Learning

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This guide offers small-group learning experiences that build on children’s natural curiosity and interests. Early childhood teachers will find many ideas for new materials and experiences in five curriculum content areas: language and literacy, mathematics, science and technology, the arts, and physical development and health. For each small group, the book suggests how teachers can provide useful scaffolding for children at three different levels of learning and development. From HighScope Press.

Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Groups: Developmentally Appropriate Practice (2nd ed.)

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In this revised and updated edition of Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Groups: Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Zero to Three has written a how-to guide that matches classroom activities with how children think and grow. Posters and a developmental wheel on common behavior challenges are included with the book. From Zero to Three Press.

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