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Building Structures With Young Children

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Learn to guide, expand, and assess children’s block play with nationally field tested curriculum that meets national standards. Block play is an important part of exploring physical properties such as gravity and balance as well as theories of structure like tension and compression. Real-life examples bring to life this exciting realm of science learning. Part of the Young Scientist Series and copublished with Redleaf Press.

Relationships, The Heart of Quality Care: Creating Community Among Adults in Early Care Settings

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Children’s interactions with their special grown-ups affect everything in their lives, especially in their earliest years. And the relationships between those special people matter, too. When adult connections are caring and strong, parents, caregivers, and directors are motivated and empowered to work together to help children thrive. The book describes this concept of relationship-based child care, what understandings and attitudes support such care, and the policies required to enact it in a center setting. High-quality family child care homes and a growing numbers of enlightened centers are already using the model. As this book's many personal stories make clear, everyone benefits from relationship-based care!

Fostering Peer Interaction in Early Childhood Settings (Booklet)

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Children with poor language and social skills may have difficulty initiating and maintaining interactions with their peers, and may find themselves left out and socially isolated. Learn how to provide a physical and social environment that encourages peer interaction, and creates many opportunities for successful interactions with other children. Part of the Teacher Talk series, from the Hanen Centre. (For more details on the series, see #747. Also available in Spanish, #740S.)

The World According to Mr. Rogers: Important Things to Remember

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Culled from Fred Rogers' speeches, program transcripts, books, letters, and interviews, along with some of his never-before-published writings, this touching book is a testament to the legacy of a man who served and continues to serve as a role model to millions. From Family Communications.

 

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.

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