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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.

Informing Our Practice: Useful Research on Young Children's Development

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Best practice is based on knowledge—not on beliefs or guesses—about how children learn and develop. This volume contains 20 overviews of research on aspects of young children's social, emotional, cognitive, or physical development, as well as how the findings can be applied in the classroom. Originally "Research in Review" articles in NAEYC's journal Young Children, each has been freshly updated to reflect the current context and research base.

 

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children From Birth Through Age 8 (3rd ed.)

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Bestseller! Since the first edition in 1987, NAEYC's book Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs has been an essential resource for the early child care field. Fully revised and expanded, the 2009 version comes with a supplementary CD containing readings on key topics, plus video examples showing developmentally appropriate practice in action.

Since the first edition in 1987, NAEYC's book Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs has been an essential resource for the early child care field. Now fully revised and expanded, the 2009 version comes with a supplementary CD containing readings on key topics, plus video examples showing developmentally appropriate practice in action. Based on what the research says about development, learning, and effective practices, as well as what experience tells us about teaching intentionally, DAP articulates the principles that should guide our decision making. Chapters describe children from birth through age 8 in detail, with extensive examples of appropriate practice for infant/toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and primary levels. 

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. 

Diversity in Early Care and Education (2-Book Set)

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Purchase this set and save!

This set is comprised of Diversity in Early Care and Education: Honoring Differences, 5th ed., from McGraw-Hill, and the NAEYC companion resource, Practice in Building Bridges. Each item is available for individual purchase.

Diversity in Early Care and Education: Honoring Differences (5th ed.)

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Diversity in Early Care and Education explores the rich diversity encountered in programs and environments for children, ages birth to 8, including those serving children with special needs. The emphasis is on the practical and immediate concerns of the early childhood professional and family service worker, though all information has strong theoretical support. Although the text is situated within an early child care environment, its lessons are valuable for anyone who wants to understand more about diverse views related to children, childrearing, education, and development.

Highlights of the 5th edition:

  • Culture: The new edition offers expanded coverage of poverty as a dimension of culture, special needs and culture, sorting out positive cultural behaviors from harmful or dysfunctional ones, and building trusting relationships among families and professionals with different cultural backgrounds.
  • Parent involvement and guidance: The 5th edition takes a deeper look at classroom practices in relation to family expectations, including frameworks of independence and interdependence and concepts of school readiness. The text also offers new perspectives on child guidance, including "time outs" and appropriate discipline for children with special needs.

From McGraw-Hill. 

Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms

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Nearly every group of children includes at least one exceptionally bright child. This book will help you understand what it means to be exceptionally bright in preschool and prekindergarten and help you guide children to reach their full potential. It includes three broad strategies—differentiation, conversation, and connection—for creating rich and satisfying learning experiences that meet the needs of all children. Use these techniques to adapt your practices, challenge children to think more deeply, and create opportunities for children to learn from each other throughout your literacy, math, and science curricula. You will also learn assessment methods that can help you identify exceptionally bright children and techniques to support children's social-emotional development and strengthen your partnerships with families.

When exceptionally bright children are supported and challenged, they will be more confident about their abilities to think and learn. And they will go on to make creative contributions to their future classroom communities. Copublished with Redleaf Press. 

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.

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.

Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Groups: Developmentally Appropriate Practice (2nd ed.)

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In this revised and updated edition of Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Groups: Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Zero to Three has written a how-to guide that matches classroom activities with how children think and grow. Posters and a developmental wheel on common behavior challenges are included with the book. From Zero to Three 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. 

 

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