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The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Classrooms

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In an engaging, reader-friendly style, the author describes developmentally appropriate guidance in the encouraging classroom. With this approach, teachers think beyond the kind of conventional classroom discipline that aims merely to keep children in line—and often fails even to do that! Gartrell shows teachers how to help children develop lifelong skills such as mutual acceptance and cooperation, creative and peaceful problem-solving strategies, and acceptable ways to express difficult emotions. Includes a special chapter on guidance with boys. Copublished with Cengage.

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Learn about the trends, problems, and opportunities that will shape the 21st century and what young children need to learn today to prepare for the world of tomorrow. National leaders present a collection of thoughts, statistics, and ideas centered on equality and discuss how a changing world can challenge long-standing values and reinforce stereotypes unless all our nation's young children experience the concepts of equality, liberty, and justice.Learn about the trends, problems, and opportunities that will shape the 21st century and what young children need to learn today to prepare for the world of tomorrow. National leaders present a collection of thoughts, statistics, and ideas centered on equality and discuss how a changing world can challenge long-standing values and reinforce stereotypes unless all our nation?s young children experience the concepts of equality, liberty, and justice. Recommends experiences for young children which are perfect for stimulating dialogue in small groups where we can practice listening and learning together to meet this challenge.

Meeting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Challenging Behaviours in Early Childhood Environments

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If you feel frustrated and defeated when confronted with a child with very challenging behaviors, here's a lifeline! This reader-friendly book explains the biological and social sources of aggressive behavior and offers easily understandable ideas and strategies proven to prevent and safely diffuse the most challenging behaviors. Includes ways to empower and observe all children. From the Canadian Child Care Federation.

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. From the National Black Child Development Institute. 

Ready or Not: Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education

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In this frank discussion of the purpose, identity, and responsibility of early childhood care and education, the authors examine the major issues and leadership challenges that must be addressed if children are to be given more and better opportunities. They show how adaptive leadership work can unify the field, create openness to new strategies for change, generate a shared vision, and build a viable strategy for its achievement. This is a critical resource for anyone hoping to enact change in the early childhood field. From Teachers College Press. 

 

Celebrating Young Children and Their Teachers: The Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld Reader

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Known and loved for her vitality and individuality, Mimi Chenfeld has been teaching and sharing her deep love of children for 50 years. This collection of new and selected writings compiles some of the insights and adventures that have occurred during that time and also looks ahead to what the next 50 years will bring. These writings are sure to be inspiring to anyone who values kids! Copublished with Redleaf Press.

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.

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Separation: Supporting Children in Their Preschool Transitions (Rev. ed.)

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The revision of this favorite book offers explanations, practical tips, and encouragement for teachers and families of preschool children facing the excitement—and stress—of separation. Discusses ambivalence about separation and attachment, the comfort of routines, understanding the child perspective, supporting cultural and linguistic diversity, and more.

Practice in Building Bridges: Companion Resource for Diversity in Early Care and Education (5th ed.)

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In our increasingly diverse society, we all need to be able to create authentic, healthy, equitable relationships with people unlike ourselves, whether our colleagues, coworkers, fellow students, or families of young children. With that goal in mind, this collection of activities, discussion topics, and ideas for journaling is designed as a companion resource for those using Janet Gonzalez-Mena's excellent book Diversity in Early Care and Education, 5th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2008).

Practice in Building Bridges is valuable for teacher educators, trainers, and program directors in doing staff and professional development. Many of its activities can also be used by individual students, teachers, and practitioners for personal work.

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.

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