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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.

 

Spotlight on Young Children and Language

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New edition now available! Language is central to children’s development on all fronts. Research confirms that a rich language environment in the early years is key to children’s success in many areas. Yet many children lack such language learning opportunities, unless they find them in their early childhood program. The engaging, research-based articles in this book describe powerful ways to promote oral language throughout the early childhood curriculum. This beautifully produced resource also includes a list of top resources in the area and carefully designed questions and activities to aid students and other readers in reflecting on the articles.

Teaching Young Children in Violent Times: Building a Peaceable Classroom (2d ed.)

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The second edition of this highly acclaimed book is a must for early childhood educators, parents, and policy makers. It helps teachers create a Peaceable Classroom where children learn peaceful alternatives to the violent behaviors modeled for them in society. This extensively revised and updated edition features new material for a post-September 11th world, including a new chapter on helping children deal with violence in the news. An essential resource for anyone who works with children. Copublished with Educators for Social Responsibility.

You, Me, and the ABCs: 100 Ready-for-Reading Activities for Kids and Their Favorite Grown-Ups

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Using everyday activities and household items, the book helps caregivers create literacy-rich experiences for pre-readers. Written to be shared between an eager new reader and their favorite grown-up, the book emphasizes simple, multi-sensory games, recipes, conversations, and actions to help a child learn to recognize, pronounce, and write the alphabet. Created by renowned children’s book author and educator Michael J. Rosen, the book offers proven ways to engage eager readers in activities that are adaptable to most situations, needs, and environments. From the Ohio Children's Foundation. 

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DAP Basics Kit for Preschool Educators

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Professional Development Library

This kit is perfect for programs that are building a professional development library. Included in the kit are resources to help teaching staff enhance their understanding and application of developmentally appropriate practice, or DAP. Some of the books and the DVD focus on the pedagogy—how to provide high-quality early childhood education to young children. The kit also includes books focused on the content--what areas of study should be included in a high-quality program in which staff facilitate children's learning through developmentally appropriate practice. 

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Leadership in Action: How Effective Directors Get Things Done

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This practical book explores the subtle and important distinction between leadership as a role and leadership as a set of skills and competencies that can be supported and nurtured at all levels of the organization. It will help you assess your unique leadership style; understand the values and beliefs that shape leadership behavior; increase interpersonal understanding among staff; increase shared commitment to the center's goals; make action plans that get implemented; solve organizational issues in a collegial and non-confrontational way; and plan for your successor. From New Horizons.

Basics of Assessment: A Primer for Early Childhood Professionals

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Assessment of children's abilities and knowledge, their approaches to learning, and their strengths, needs, and interests is expected in most early childhood programs. However, many early childhood educators are unsure of how to assess young children's development and learning. This reader-friendly book will help increase understanding of child assessment, including its specialized and often confusing vocabulary. Focusing on children's development and learning, the authors provide an overview of basic assessment concepts. Speaking a shared language of assessment will help early childhood professionals communicate better with other teachers, specialists, administrators, and families.

Preparing Early Childhood Professionals: NAEYC's Standards for Programs

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Offers NAEYC’s current standards for higher education programs seeking NCATE accreditation at the Initial Licensure (four- and five-year) and Advanced (master’s and doctorate) levels, and for Associate-degree programs. Also includes standards material from the Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Early Childhood (CEC/DEC) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Commentary from participants helps bring the standards alive.

The Young Child's Memory for Words: Developing First and Second Language and Literacy

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An integrated approach offering a fresh perspective, innovative strategies, and practical guidelines for language and literacy development in multilingual and multicultural settings. Effective, research-based teaching practices will help early childhood and elementary teachers to develop children’s skills and their lasting love of reading. Proven strategies support English language learners and emphasize linking preschool and kindergarten language and literacy teaching. From Teachers College Press.

 

Worms, Shadows and Whirlpools: Science in the Early Childhood Classroom

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This book represents a new way to think about science education for young children. Based on the growing understanding that even the littlest learners are powerful thinkers and theory makers, it identifies important science inquiry skills and concepts appropriate for the very young. What's more, it makes a strong case for integrating science into the curriculum right from the start—creating a context for the development of language, mathematical thinking, and social skills.

Authors Karen Worth and Sharon Grollman define and illustrate what science education can and should be. They draw upon what is known about the learning, effective teaching, and science education of young children by using the daily work of teachers and children in Head Start, kindergarten, day care, and preschool programs. They fill their book with teacher stories, photographs, and examples of children's work, plus commentary highlighting particular teaching strategies and child learning. Read this book and understand what a quality science program encompasses. Then see what the youngest students can do given the opportunity to explore phenomena and materials that draw upon their natural curiosity. Copublished with Heinemann.

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