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Children as Illustrators: Making Meaning Through Art and Language

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Art and literacy experiences can be integrated into the classroom to great effect, and Susan Thompson shows us how. Interpreting and creating pictorial representations is an important step on the road to literacy, as is experimenting with combinations of symbols and text. When we value and support children's symbolic expression and communication, children respond and gain confidence.

This engaging book is a joyous exploration of visual expression combined with writing and reading. Included are instructions for more than two dozen printing, painting, collage, and other techniques that children will enjoy learning and using in their illustrations.

Building Structures With Young Children

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Learn to guide, expand, and assess children’s block play with nationally field tested curriculum that meets national standards. Block play is an important part of exploring physical properties such as gravity and balance as well as theories of structure like tension and compression. Real-life examples bring to life this exciting realm of science learning. Part of the Young Scientist Series and copublished with Redleaf Press.

The Block Book (3rd ed.)

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This expanded and updated classic helps teachers discover exciting possibilities for block play. It details the rich contributions of blocks to creative and dramatic play as well as to science, math, social studies, and other learning domains. Includes practical tips for equipping and organizing the block area, plus a chapter on large blocks.

Children of 2010

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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. 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.

A Guide to Discipline (Rev. ed.)

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So many teachers tell us that discipline is their biggest problem! You can help children discipline themselves through your words and manner, and by using strategies to avoid problems in advance. But what do you do when children hit, kick, or bite? This guide to discipline will explain how to prevent, handle, and calm aggressive behavior in the ways most likely to teach and affect children. Great for families, too.

Professionalism in Early Childhood Education: Doing Our Best for Young Children

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Written for those entering the field or striving to grow within the profession, Stephanie Feeney helps readers understand the nature of the profession, what it means to behave in a professional way, and where they stand in their own professional journey. She devotes chapters to moral and technical competence and explains what the terms profession and professional mean. From Pearson. 

The Living Classroom: Writing, Reading, and Beyond

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The author shows us a classroom in which children?s ideas, writing, and reading thrive. Written with thoughtfulness and clarity, The Living Classroom conveys the power of children?s writing in their learning to read and in many areas of their intellectual, emotional, and social development.

Discovering Nature with Young Children Trainer's Guide

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This indispensable guide for trainers and administrators introduces teaching staff to the complete Discovering Nature with Young Children curriculum?from planning to implementation. Features an introduction to scientific reasoning for adults, workshops to prepare teachers to use the curriculum, and strategies for supporting teachers over time through mentoring and guided discussions. Includes detailed charts, forms and reproducible overheads for extended study and reflection. From Redleaf Press.

Writing in Preschool: Learning to Orchestrate Meaning and Marks

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This detailed examination of writing in the preschool years covers the development from scribble to script, from letter strings to real words, and from simple to detailed messages. Describes how adults can identify and build the various strands of knowledge and skills that must come together for young children to understand how print works. The authors share many samples of children?s writing, as well as specific strategies providing support for children?s writing. From the International Reading Association?s Preschool Literacy Collection.

Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children-Position Statement (booklet)

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Because teachers, advocates, and parents asked for a stand-alone version of the IRA/NAEYC position statement to give to principals, school board members, and other decision makers, it is now available as a 23-page booklet.
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