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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 poeple, 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.

Play: A Beginnings Workshop Book

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Top play experts discuss topics such as how play reflects and promotes development, how adults can support make-believe and block play, and cultural dimensions of play, and much more. Also includes activities to do with children and personal anecdotes that will help caregivers better understand and support children’s play. From Child Care Exchange.

School Readiness and Social-Emotional Development: Perspectives on Cultural Diversity

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?Strong social-emotional development underlies all later social, emotional, and academic success.? But among the 20?50 percent of children who enter kindergarten not ready to learn, social-emotional development is often where they are least prepared. This collection of seven commissioned papers summarizes an NBCDI study of the current state of research and programs addressing preschoolers? social-emotional development, looking at issues from a multicultural perspective. It identifies practical tools and strategies, as well as research, mental health screening, and community partnership models, that readers can use as resources for new research and program development. From the National Black Child Development Institute. Past Comprehensive Member Benefit.

Secure Relationships: Nurturing Infant/Toddler Attachment in Early Care Settings

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For healthy adjustment in childhood and later in life, infants and toddlers need secure attachments to the adults who care for them. Loving, responsive, and consistent care from primary caregivers is key to young children learning to form relationships. Alice Honig, with her vast experience and deep knowledge of research and theory, distills key points needed in understanding and building attachment. Vital information and sound advice for caregivers and parents too.

Being with Babies: Understanding and Responding to the Infants in Your Care: Best Practices for Caregivers

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This book is a great resource for both beginning and experienced caregivers, with chapters on developing relationships with babies, observation, communication, and safe environments. Being with Babies teaches caregivers how to handle everyday challenges while learning about developmental stages of infants. From Gryphon House.

Exploring Water with Young Children

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This third installment in the Young Scientist Series from Redleaf Press focuses children's explorations to help deepen their understanding of water and its properties?including concepts related to water's flow, appearance, and effect on objects. This nationally field-tested curriculum supports children's early development of important science inquiry skills such as questioning, investigating, discussing, and formulating ideas and theories.
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