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 »
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.
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 »
This book offers a series of best practices for child care providers to nurture a child's spiritual development-an extension of social-emotional learning. The book helps educators introduce young children to a system that begins with love, is nurtured by wonder, and leads to the empathy needed for learning. You can provide support and strengthen children's self-awareness through deep connections, increased social awareness, and pro-social behaviors, such as kindness, caring, empathy, and reverence.… More »
As infants become toddlers, their expanding sense of self and growing motor, language, and cognitive skills provide opportunities for learning more about the physical and social world around them. This book is a valuable resource for advancing a child's sense of self, cultural identity, social relationships, and connectedness to community through developmentally appropriate activities. Paperback. 176 pages.
Develop a curriculum inspired by children's emerging interests. This book explores the components of emergent curriculum and how its practices can improve the educational culture of early childhood programs. The updated edition includes new information on exploration of inquiry-based practice, reexamination of circle time and scripts for routines, expansion of invitations (including invitations for children learning a second language), new photos and documentation, and a new chapter on Reggio Emilia.… 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 »
If we were to vanish tomorrow, what would our legacy be? Former Carnegie Mellon University professor, Dr. Randy Pausch, poses this question, along with many others, to readers in his New York Times best-selling book, "The Last Lecture". Diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, Pausch uses intelligence, humor, and inspiration within his last lecture, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," to share his story of living and the lessons he's learned along the way. Hardcover. 352 pages.
Grades 1 - 6. The use of primary sources in today's classroom represents a key shift in literary instruction and brings history alive for students. This book series is full of opportunities for inquiry-based learning as students explore primary source documents that provide eyewitness evidence of authentic events. The pages are filled with photos of actual people and events, posters that once hung on storefronts, paintings that interpret history, and ads or articles taken from newspaper in circulation… More »