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A Parent's Guide to Preschool

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What is my child actually learning in preschool? What can I do to help? This illustrated booklet answers the questions many parents ask and shows how parents and teachers can work together to help children acquire the skills, attitudes, and habits to do well in school and throughout life. From Teaching Strategies.

Family-Friendly Communication for Early Childhood Programs

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This resource offers 93 brief messages for parents on topics ranging from biting to developing children’s literacy—all ready for teachers to tailor to their individual programs’ needs or to use as is to strengthen communication between programs and families. Each message can also be adapted for newsletters, family packets, parent-teacher conferences, bulletin boards, or parent handouts. Includes dozens of innovative strategies for bringing parents on board in your program.

From Parents to Partners: Building a Family-Centered Early Childhood Program

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Parent partnerships are an essential factor in every successful early childhood program, and communication is key to developing them. How can you use familiar elements such as newsletters, bulletin boards, parent conferences, and special events most effectively? The answers may surprise you! This comprehensive guide describes proven communication strategies to encourage the involvement of family members. Interactive, hands-on exercises allow you to adapt the principles and practices presented to your program and are uniquely designed to include the whole family unit--not just the parents--as partners both at home and in your setting. Copublished with Redleaf.

The Art of Leadership: Managing Early Childhood Organizations

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A must-have resource for effective management of early childhood programs! This hands-on guide for child care administrators includes over 90 articles by recognized experts on child care administration, as well as practical ideas from over 200 of our nation?s most successful directors. From Child Care Exchange.

Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator: Using the NAEYC Code (2005 Code ed., Updated and Reaffirmed 2011)

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NEW 2012 EDITION AVAILABLE -- SEE ITEM # 368

With updated language and references to the 2005 revision of the Code of Ethical Conduct, this book, like the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, seeks to inform, not prescribe, answers to tough questions that teachers face as they work with children, families, and colleagues. To help us all become well acquainted with the Code and use it in our professional lives, Stephanie Feeney and Nancy Freeman present a useful framework as well as helpful examples and questions to clarify key points about ethical conduct and to stimulate reflection and discussion on the critical issues that confront us all.

I Belong: Active Learning for Children With Special Needs

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This book looks at the core principles of HighScope's participatory learning approach, in which young children actively construct their knowledge of the world through their interaction with people, events, materials, and ideas. Supportive adults are partners in this learning experience, creating a climate in which children become trusting and independent. The authors--experts in the field of special education with more than 40 years of teaching and therapy experience between them--explore how children with special needs experience the same positive results of the HighScope approach as do their typically developing peers.

This book addresses questions that include:

  • How do I use the HighScope curriculum with a child who has an Individualized Education Program?
  • How do I problem solve with a child who has special needs?
  • Does the daily routine work for a child with special needs? What sorts of accommodations are necessary?
  • Are there ways to effectively integrate curriculum and therapy?
From HighScope Press.

Beginning School: U.S. Policies in International Perspective

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To help educators set goals and design effective policies, early childhood experts Clifford and Crawford provide a concise history of early education and care in the United States and invite readers to consider early schooling in a global perspective. Discusses themes among six economically advantaged countries and the social forces that are leading the United States toward universal access to school beginning at age 3. From Teachers College Press.

The Lively Kindergarten: Emergent Curriculum in Action

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Standards, accountability, and curriculum frameworks all have a legitimate place in education. But today's schools often push to the side what should be at the very center: children and teachers. The result is classrooms that are less effective and immeasurably duller. Creating emergent curriculum is not easy, especially in the public-school world, but it is educationally powerful. Read eloquent stories of emergent curriculum in action—the struggles real teachers face and strategies to make this approach work.

The Diary of Laura: Perspectives on a Reggio Emilia Diary

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In English for the first time, this diary follows Laura's first months in an infant child care program in Reggio Emilia, Italy. With photographs and notes concerning her development, this English edition also includes new photos and reflections from Laura today, as well as commentary by recognized Reggio Emilia experts. A model for family-centered programming, it stands out among other Reggio Emilia-based materials as one of the only resources focused on the infant/toddler years. From Redleaf Press.

Essential Touch: Meeting the Needs of Young Children

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Some early childhood programs have adopted no-touch policies, and others allow only a very minimal level of physical contact between teachers and children. Yet touch is as necessary as food or water for young children to thrive and grow physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Experiences of touch in all its forms?whether nurturing touch from adults, tactile explorations of the environment, or physical interactions with peers? are essential to high-quality early care and education. From this book, practitioners will learn just why touch is essential to young children?s development and how it can be incorporated safely into early childhood settings, from the infant program to the primary classroom.

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