PreK - Grade 1. Recycle, reuse, and create with this innovative activity book! Use bags to make masks, kites, buildings, art projects, and more. Meet state standards while helping children learn about the environment. 100 pages.
As an early childhood director, you manage through relationships. What You Need to Lead an Early Childhood Program guides you through the steps to build respectful, dynamic, and welcoming relationships with families and staff. This important book covers all traditional early childhood administration topics, from financial management to marketing to development, while also recognizing and exploring the human side of management and the critical role of emotional intelligence in effective leadership. Paperback. 306 pages.
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.
Use Your Words examines the ways early childhood teachers talk to children, pointing out commonly missed opportunities to support cognitive development, develop receptive and expressive language, and aid children in their primary developmental task of making sense of the world. Paperback. 128 pages.
This is a complete guide to help you turn these routine daily activities into learning experiences. By using transitions wisely, you not only help children develop skills but also run a more efficient, calm program environment. In addition to discussions on developmental issues, environments, educational values, and hygiene, this book includes examples of games and rhymes that help children accomplish daily transitions with ease. 128 pages.
Develop language and pre-literacy skills with preschool children using these beautiful four-color photo cards and accompanying activities. The Preschool Photo Activity Library is organized into seven theme areas, which include Things Kids Do, Colors, Shapes, Animals, Birds, Bugs & Other Things that Crawl, and Fruits & Vegetables. Each of the 64 cards has a photograph that sparks children's natural curiosity. The back of each photo card features a vocabulary list, suggested activities to… More »
Create a high quality school-age program that is exciting, inviting, and reflects the interests, abilities, and needs of the children. This book is filled with hundreds of ideas - from setting up a quiet reading nook to tackling clutter - reflecting the authors' years of experience and hundreds of visits to a variety of school-age programs. It takes you through all of the considerations that affect your program and then lays out a process to help you improve the three dimensions of a school-age environment.
Enhanced with new topics critical to effective practice, this second edition is the essential methods textbook for preservice professionals preparing to teach young children with disabilities in today's increasingly diverse and inclusive programs. Focusing on children birth to 5, this core text gives future professionals specific, evidence-based knowledge on what to teach and how to teach it, with practical methods that fit into naturally occurring activities and routines. The expert authors synthesize… More »
Be introduced to an innovative theory of mindulness to dramatically enhance the way we learn. Such familiar notions as delayed gratification, "the basics", or even "right answers", are replaced with the concept of mindful or conditional learning which the author demonstrates to be extraordinarily effective. Mindful learning takes place with an awareness of context and of the ever-changing nature of information. Learning without this awareness has severely limited uses and often… More »
Find out what the research says about common early childhood program practices. This resource book answers many questions on how children develop socially and emotionally and explores the effectiveness of early learning tools. 144 pages.
The book consists of 100 ideas that administrators of early learning programs and centers can use to fit their own unique situation. Ideas range from simple to complex. They vary in budget and knowledge requirements, making it a tool for both family childcare and center-based programs.
Abigail Garner was five years old when her parents divorced and her dad came out as gay. Like the millions of children growing up in these families today, she often found herself in the middle of the political and moral debates surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parenting. Drawing on a decade of community organizing, and interviews with more than fifty grown sons and daughters of LGBT parents, Garner addresses such topics as coming out to children, facing homophobia at school,… More »
2 - 12 years. Over 100 action-packed art activities bring discovery and adventurous creativity to children's art experiences that will delight and challenge kids of all ages. Each child-tested art activity is grouped into engaging action categories including: 1) Smacking, Squeezing,Tapping; 2) Rolling, Spinning, Swinging; 3) Blowing, Exploding, Smooshing 4) Tools, Toys, Utensils; 5) Up, Down, All Around. Full color photographs highlight all activities including painting, photography, collage and… More »
A strength-based approach to guiding and managing young children's behavior by helping them build and use essential life skills -- attachment, collaboration, self-regulation, adaptability, contribution, and belonging -- into the daily life of the early childhood classroom. As a result, children will learn to exhibit more pro-social behaviors, work better as a community, and become excited and active learners. Paperback. 320 pages.
The world of color is more than red, yellow and blue. Children see and respond to many colors in their environments. This book provides information on how color influences learning, and includes activities to assist children in creating color variations. Also discusses how to make the world of color a significant part of literature, math and science curricula.
What Happened To MY World? Helping Children Cope With Natural Disaster and Catastrophe is a resource for parents, and anyone working with children to help them understand their confusion, fears and grief. It is written to help with both survivors as well as those who witness from a distance.
A research-based framework for strengthening professional development. Includes web-based video clips to enhance training sessions and show teachers the "how" of high-quality math instruction to ensure better math teaching and higher student achievement. Paperback. 248 pages.
Early childhood program administrators often have a global impression that things are going well or not so well at their center, but they lack specific feedback on just what the different areas of the organization contribute to those impressions. This updated and expanded edition of an NAEYC bestseller helps directors define more precisely how ten dimensions of a center shape the quality of work life for staff. It will help you look at your program in terms of collegiality, opportunities for professional… More »
Focus on the leader's role in initiating and sustaining anti-bias education in programs for young children and their families. This book emphasizes that this work is not only about changing curriculum, but requires thoughtful, strategic, long-term planning that addresses all components of an early childhood program, with a powerful combination of conceptual frameworks, strategies, and practical tools. Paperback. 192 pages.
8 years & up. Help children better understand how food fuels and affects their bodies in this book that uses color and fun presentation to communicate nutritional information in a fun and eye-catching way. Kids learn to see their food as more than just taste, learning things like which foods will make you sleepy, how to tell if you're hungry or full, and why our bodies need nutrition. Teach children the basics about proteins, taste buds, antioxidants, and more food. Because nutritional information… More »
Everything you need to keep accurate records for your family child care business and save money on your taxes. Operating a family child care program can be both difficult and rewarding. Few people give as much of themselves or accept more responsibility than you do as a family child care provider. And few are more deserving of the satisfaction that comes from helping children learn and grow. However, there are other challenges that are equally important-taking care of your business by tracking your… More »
Different types of touch and feel are necessary for young children to thrive and grow physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Whether it's the nurturing touch from adults, exploration of the environment, or physical interactions with peers, each form is important for high-quality care. This book teaches practitioners all of the essential roles that touch plays in the educational environment and how to properly implement it in the classroom. Written by Frances M. Carlson. 144 Pages.
Grades 3 - 5. Reproducible activities cover core math skills at three ability levels: basic, intermediate, and challenging. Topics include numeration, computation, geometry, measurement, and graphs. Motivate students by offering multiple approaches to content, instruction, and assessment. Supports NCTM standards.