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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.

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. Copublished with Pademelon Press.

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.

Position Statement--Developmentally Appropriate Practice (booklet)

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Because teachers, advocates, parents, and faculty asked for a stand-alone version of the 2009 Position Statement on "Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs" to give to principals, school board members, and other decision makers, it is now available as a 36-page booklet. 

Me, You, Us: Social-Emotional Learning in Preschool

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Social-emotional learning is key to every child's ability to manage feelings and to interact successfully with others. This book covers 11 separate topics of social-emotional learning from developing a positive self-identity to creating a democracy and offers numerous teaching strategies and suggestions for professional development. Drawing on extensive research and discussion from the early childhood field, this book helps the thoughtful educator chart a path for young children to develop the social-emotional skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Copublished with HighScope Press.

Art: Basic for Young Children

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Full of examples of how art can instill confidence, communication, and creativity in young children by increasing sensitivity to the physical environment, offering new ways to express feelings, and enhancing awareness of individuality. Includes a practical overview of possible materials ranging from finger paint to plaster and outlines exciting project ideas for fostering creativity.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (3rd ed.) and Basics of DAP Bundle

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Save when you order the third edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 together with the popular Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Essential for every student or new practitioner's collection! See full descriptions and tables of contents for items #375 (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) and #259 (Basics of DAP: An Introduction for Teachers of Children 3 to 6).

Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice Set (Book & DVD)

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Developmentally appropriate practice is so fundamental to the early childhood field that all new educators need a sound grasp from the very start. While DAP’s basic concepts aren’t difficult or arcane, they can be understood wrongly or incompletely—and often are! This engaging set (Basics of DAP book and Looking at the Basics of DAP DVD) describes the core concepts and makes them meaningful to everyday practice.

Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Children 3 to 6

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Developmentally appropriate practice is so fundamental to the early childhood field that all new educators need a sound grasp from the very start. While DAP’s basic concepts aren’t difficult or arcane, they can be understood wrongly or incompletely—and often are! This engaging little book describes the core concepts and makes them meaningful to everyday practice for preschool teachers. College instructors, directors, and trainers will find this an invaluable tool for introducing learners to the foundation of the early childhood field.

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