A thought-provoking guide to effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology with young children. This book provides strategies, theoretical frameworks, links to research evidence, descriptions of best practice, and resources to develop essential digital literacy knowledge, skills and experiences for early childhood educators in the digital age. Paperback. 300 pages.
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.
The Complete Book of Breastfeeding is a recognized classic in its field. Now it's been completely revised and updated in a new fourth edition-non-doctrinaire, informative, and friendly, it is the most accessible and authoritative book, as much required reading for expecting and new mothers as a pregnancy guide and baby name book. All healthy mothers should consider breastfeeding for the first year of a baby's life, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and this is the book that will help… More »
Grades K - 5. This resource will help children meet the challenges of daily problem solving as they discover and use problem solving strategies and higher-order thinking skills. These short mathematical and reasoning activities are based on national Reading and Mathematics Standards to enhance the academic opportunities in the daily classroom. Unit includes K-2 and 3-5 Activity Guides.
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.
This revised classic offers hundreds of updated tested solutions for the tricky problems, questions, and concerns that arise throughout the early childhood teacher's day. Based on sound developmentally appropriate theory, this how-to book on classroom management techniques enables beginning and experienced teachers alike to run effective, successful programs. Some new topics include working with ESL learners, helping children deal with traumatic life events, and using computers in the classroom. Paperback. 312 pages.
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.
Organized by month, this curriculum has over 250 daily plans that teachers can use to plan fun and enriching activities for young children. The beginning of each chapter lists month-long celebrations, week-long celebrations, holidays, and significant dates to help with planning. Each individual lesson plan is complete with: an opening group-time activity, story time book suggestions, activities for a variety of centers (including art, blocks, dramatic play, music, fine motor, science, and math).
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.
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.
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.
Written by a teacher with more than 25 years of experience, this book offers a jargon-free view of Waldorf education and its philosophy of the importance of a three-dimensional education. Through learning experiences that involve all of the senses, children use a variety of intelligences to develop thought, feeling, and intentional, purposeful activity. Whether you're Waldorf parent or teacher, or you just want to learn more about these innovative educational concepts, this book contains important… More »
3 years & up. Builds literacy, sequential storytelling, and abstract thinking abilities, while helping fulfill early learning standards. This book will identify basics of story dictation, including when and how to do it; how to use it to assess and document language and social development; and the most common subjects of children's stories and what they may represent. 144 pages.
This book provides an introduction to the project approach with step-by-step guidance for conducting meaningful investigations with young children. The authors have expanded their bestseller to include two new chapters--How Projects Can Connect Children with Nature and Project Investigations as STEM--and to provide more help to teachers of the youngest children (toddlers) and older children (2nd grade). The new edition also shows teachers how to use standards in the topic selection process and identifies… More »
For today's early childhood educator, change is a non-negotiable reality. While the size, force, and direction of change can often seem overwhelming, this book shows the way toward overcoming these gigantic. The authors share a specific framework with concrete steps to help educators become positive change makers in the field of early care and education. Complete with resources, tools, and questions for reflection, this handbook takes readers through four progressive paths toward becoming an architect… More »
What should we do to help children growing up in adversity? And what practical steps can the adults who are responsible for them--from parents and teachers to policy makers and philanthropists--take to improve their chances for a positive future? The author encourages us to think in a brand new way about the challenges of childhood. Rather than trying to "teach" skills like grit and self-control, he argues, we should focus instead on creating the kinds of environments, both at home and… 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 »
Identify age-based bias and expand your outlook on and understanding of early childhood as a culture. Examine various elements of childhood culture: language, belief economics, arts, and social structure to understand children's dispositions of questioning, engagement, and cooperation. Age focus is Birth - 8 years. Paperback. 200 pages.
This book covers the management of more than 50 common childhood illnesses, injuries, and health problems. It is written in easy-to-read language for parents and caregivers of children from birth to 8 years of age. "What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick" was reviewed by doctors, health professionals, and parents of young children to validate usefulness, content, and appeal and was designed for people of all reading levels. Paperback. 192 pages.
Let children experience the learning power of play--together! This book provides 40 all-new adventures that support children's social skill development through thoughtful group play, interaction, and conversation. These play experiences help children engage with each other and the world around them, all of which leads to rich learning. This book also encourages you to reflect on the value of children's play through deep thinking activities. Paperback. 184 pages.
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.