Emphasizing essential interpersonal skills that should be developed in early childhood, this guide offers a holistic approach to developing classroom communities in which each child feels recognized, appreciated, and able to contribute. Taking into account a teacher's goals, values, strengths, and weaknesses, guidance is offered for adjusting and planning for developmentally appropriate expectations, classroom organization, and communication with families. Filled with concrete examples and effective… More »
Over 2000 experiences and ideas in one book. Designed for ages 12-36 months. Each of the 100 daily topics is divided into activities and experiments that enrich all skills through stories, music, art, exercise, and more. A detailed appendix offers quick reference to helpful tools. 640 pages.
With this book, you can think inside the (prop) box! Encourage more dramatic play with "Prop Box Play". Prop boxes contain dramatic play props that offer children the freedom to express themselves and to exercise their imaginations. Props that inspire children to play different roles (examples: archeologist, veterinarian, undersea explorer) help them interact with each other, cultivating important social skills. With 50 themes that inspire hours of dramatic play and creativity, lists of… More »
How do we implement standards that spell out quite clearly what students must know-but do not give us the methods nor materials that help our students achieve such skills? This professional resource proves practical routines and developmentally appropriate activities that foster an environment where our youngest learners can thrive in mastering core kindergarten content along with the Common Core standards.
An insightful resource which offers over 400 tips, ideas, and activities to help infants and toddlers move smoothly through the day. Includes book lists on different topics and great ideas to help parents and teachers deal with big transitions in the child's life, such as separation anxiety and more.
These books turn activities into experiences by taking into account the relationships between the caregiver, the child, and the home or center environment. Each experience includes instructions, list of materials needed, procedures to follow, and strategies to help caregivers promote the healthiest development for infants and toddlers. 192 pages each.
3 - 6 years. For one reason or another, Ms. Mya's classroom is just not clicking. Jamilla is jumping. Masha is making a mess. And Reese is roaring like a lion for no reason at all. As the day quickly fills with commotion, Ms. Mya knows that she must do something. So she gathers the children together and begins a discussion about classroom expectations. Young children are learning how to control their bodies and emotions--something that can make a classroom feel chaotic and crazy at times. This book… More »
Who's the expert on your child? You are! But, what if you need validation? What if you need support? What if you have questions? As a parent, you may assume others have it all figured out-that there is some kind of magic decoder ring or secret handshake that will give you the key to parenting. But, if each child is unique, how can there be a one-size-fits-all guide to parenting? Although no one can has it all figured out, "Parents Ask, Experts Answer" empowers you by offering caring, informed… More »
3 - 6 years. "Why did that happen?" "How does that work?" "What will happen if . . . ?" Young children ask questions about the world around them all day long. They are filled with curiosity and the desire to learn. Bubbles, Rainbows and Worms teaches children about the world, using hands-on experiments about plants, the environment, air and water, and the senses. 111 pages.
Meet the challenge of creating an effective learning environment for young children. Includes ideas for planning, using, and evaluating learning spaces that captivate and encourage the developmental process. Complete with illustrations, letters to parents, and literacy ideas.
Over 300 easy-to-read, age-appropriate activities. Includes planning guides, activities for listening and talking, activities for social growth, and suggestions for physical development and creative learning. 450 pages.
The GIANT Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans has more than 250 complete lesson plans for 3 to 6 year olds, covering topics from colors and numbers to seasons and nursery rhymes. Each lesson plan is complete with learning objectives, a circle or group time activity, book suggestions, snack ideas, five learning center activities, assessment strategies, and related songs, poems, and fingerplays. With easy-to-use lesson plans for more than an entire school year, this book belongs on every teacher's bookshelf!
This updated second edition brings to life real scenarios that care providers face in today's world. We know parent engagement is important for a child's success and this book will help you to improve parent-teacher communication, better understand a parent's perspective, discuss child development with families, develop and uphold policies, and involve your director or leader to work well with families. Age focus 0 - 8. Paperback. 202 pages.
The movement to connect young children with nature continues to grow, as more parents and educators become passionate about bringing learning outdoors and letting children explore outside the bounds of traditional lessons. In the full-color Learning Is in Bloom, teachers and caregivers will find 40 hands-on activities effective in engaging young children in investigating nature, both indoors and outdoors, on the school grounds, and on excursions around the neighborhood. Through fostering a love… More »
Curious kids will delight in the joy of scientific discovery through the fifty fun activities in The Budding Scientist! This book is filled with great ways for you and your child to learn about how our world works. Create memories together as you make invisible ink, explore ice crystals, and investigate magnets. Perfect for children ages three to six, this fun-filled introduction to science features easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find materials that will help you satisfy your child's natural… More »
What do you get when you combine a large appliance box, a garbage bag, tape, a craft knife, and markers? A mini car wash for toddlers, of course! Find more creative ways to use a tube sock, milk carton, and other inexpensive items found around the house. Create unique, exciting toys and props to help children learn in appropriate ways.
With more than 125 activities, Science Adventures opens up a world of exploration through nature activities in urban, suburban, or rural settings. From Big Step Measuring and Rocks That Write to The Ant Restaurant and How Far Can You Squeeze a Squirt?, the engaging activities in Science Adventures make exploring the environment fun and easy! The authors have adapted the kindergarten science standards set by the National Academy of Sciences to make them developmentally appropriate for preschool children.… More »
This indispensable book helps you develop areas important for the growth of 12 to 24 month-old areas such as language, creativity, coordination, confidence, problem-solving, and gross motor skills. Toddlers will experience the joy of discovery on every fun-filled page! Paperback. 256 pages.
30 Fun Ways explore difficult concepts through props, real-life scenarios, and imaginative play. The activities help children develop speaking and listening skills while building relationships with peers and adults. Activities are practical, easy to do, and use readily found materials.
Gardens are where children's imaginations engage nature, and the result is joyful learning. Gardening helps children develop an appreciation for the natural world and build the foundation for environmental stewardship. This book is packed with information and inspiration to help you immerse children in gardening and outdoor learning experiences--green thumb or a perfect plot of land not required. Learn how a gardening curriculum supports learning and development across all domains. You'll also find… More »
Research shows that children do not outgrow challenging behavior, making early intervention essential. But what can early childhood educators do to reduce challenging behaviors when nothing seems to work? From aromatherapy to affirmations,'When Nothing Else Works' is filled with creative strategies and techniques to address and adjust problematic behavior in the classroom while also promoting resilience and active engagement in learning. Written from the perspective of an experienced school development… More »
An early childhood classroom should reinforce and enhance young children's sense of belonging and connection to their environment, each other, their families, and their community. This book invites educators and administrators to rethink the traditional classroom, with inspirational examples showing how to weave elements that reflect each center's community into the classroom design. Colorful photos show what teachers can do to encourage a sense of community unique to each classroom. Easy-to-implement… More »