Reaching Standards and Beyond in Kindergarten

Author: Gera Jacobs
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412957249
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Focusing on research-based, developmentally appropriate practices, this book shows teachers how to help young children reach standards through creative play activities that ignite their enthusiasm to learn.

Play Projects and Preschool Standards

Author: Gera Jacobs
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412928028
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The authors help readers create well-planned projects and activities that capture children's interest and develop the critical social and pre-academic skills identified in state standards.

Teaching Young Children Mathematics

Author: Janice Minetola
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113617544X
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Teaching Young Children Mathematics provides a comprehensive overview of mathematics instruction in the early childhood classroom. Taking into account family differences, language barriers, and the presence of special needs students in many classrooms throughout the U.S., this textbook situates best practices for mathematics instruction within the larger frameworks of federal and state standards as well as contemporary understandings of child development. Key topics covered include: developmental information of conceptual understanding in mathematics from birth through 3rd grade, use of national and state standards in math, including the new Common Core State Standards, information for adapting ideas to meet special needs and English Language Learners, literacy connections in each chapter, ‘real-world’ connections to the content, and information for family connections to the content.

Assessment of Young Children

Author: Lisa B. Fiore
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136831681
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In an era of standards and norms where assessment tends to minimize or dismiss individual differences and results in punitive outcomes or no action at all, Assessment of Young Children provides teachers with an approach to assessment that is in the best interest of both children and their families. Author Lisa B. Fiore explores a variety of ways to study and assess young children in their natural environments, while stressing the importance of bringing children and families into the process. This lively text helps the reader learn how to cultivate developmentally appropriate practice, create appropriate expectations, examine children’s work, interact in groups, and improve their teacher behavior. Accounts of real experiences from children, families, teachers, and administrators provide on-the-ground models of assessment stategies and demonstrate how children are affected. Assessment of Young Children explores both standardized and authentic assessment, work sampling systems, and observation skills. Readers will walk away with strategies for communicating information about children and portfolio assessment, and how the use of formal and informal methods of observation, documentation, and assessment are connected to teacher and student inquiry. Assessment of Young Children encourages an assessment strategy where the child remains the focus and explores how collaboration with children, families, and colleagues creates an image—not a diagnosis—of the child that is empowering rather than constraining. Special Features Include: Case Study examples that anchor the concepts presented in the chapters and engage readers more deeply in the content. "Now what?" and "Avenues for Inquiry" throughout the book present students with concrete extensions of the material that they may pursue for further investigation

Starting with Their Strengths

Author: Deborah C. Lickey
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807770795
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This book provides a comprehensive and practical guide to using the project approach when teaching young children with special needs. While focusing on children's individual strengths, which include their interests, intelligences, and unique styles of learning, this resource demonstrates teaching strategies that address multiple areas of development. Using scenarios from their own practice, The authors examine the process of accessing children's strengths to facilitate social, emotional, cognitive, and motor development, including concepts and skills. The authors provide tools to determine, organize, and plan with children's strengths and demonstrate the use of documentation as an authentic assessment of children's skills and goals. Teachers will use this book to create learning environments that enrich learning for all children.

200 Essential Preschool Activities

Author: Julienne M. Olson
Publisher: Redleaf Press
ISBN: 1605542040
Format: PDF, Mobi
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200 Essential Preschool Activities promotes children's learning, helps improve their functional skills, and encourages interaction in the classroom. This resource provides preschool, pre-kindergarten, and student teachers with an abundance of developmentally appropriate lessons, all developed by the author and used in her own classroom for more than fifteen years. These adaptable, open-ended activities and strategies complement any early childhood program's core curriculum. 200 Essential Preschool Activities provides activities for and information on: Creative centers, including dramatic play areas and discovery and sensory areas Learning games, including turn-taking and board games, academic games, and cooperative and active games Group lessons, including circle time, social lessons, hands-on skill builders, and musical games and finger plays Arts and crafts, including child-centered expressive art and creative tools and methods Classroom structure, including classroom areas and centers and creating learning opportunities Parent involvement Julienne M. Olson has been teaching early childhood special education since 1995. She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood special education and a master's degree in early childhood special education.

Welcome to Kindergarten

Author: Bonnie Brown Walmsley
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN:
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This comprehensive resource will give kindergarten teachers new insights.

Fostering a Sense of Wonder During the Early Childhood Years

Author: Ruth A. Wilson
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781570740459
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Environmental education curriculum intended to help early childhood educators foster the affective and aesthetic development of preschool children. Addresses the requirements of quality preschool environmental education programming, as well as developmentally appropriate practices. Provides specific goals and practical guidelines for achieving these objectives. Discusses how to infuse environmental education into all aspects of the early childhood curriculum, including indoor and outdoor activities and using community resources. Considers special topics such as dealing with fears, working with children with disabilities, working with infants and toddlers, and involving families. Also includes suggestions for program evaluation. Each activity has a bibliography of recommended resources for lesson extensions.

Teaching STEM Outdoors

Author: Patty Born Selly
Publisher: Redleaf Press
ISBN: 1605545031
Format: PDF, ePub
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Connect nature play, outdoor experiences, and STEM learning for young children with activities, real-life examples, and educator resources. Nurture young children’s innate tendencies toward exploration, sensory stimulation, and STEM learning when you connect outdoor learning and STEM curriculum. Discover the developmental benefits of outdoor learning and how the rich diversity of settings and materials of nature gives rise to questions and inquiry for deeper learning. Full of activities, examples, and resources to take the fun of STEM outside, this book will help teachers articulate connections between nature play, outdoor experiences, and STEM learning in young children. Use STEM and nature-based learning to nurture children’s curiosity and exploration of the world. Patty Born Selly is an assistant professor of environmental education and STEM at Hamline University. She previously served as the executive director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University. Selly has over twenty years of experience in early childhood education, has written two books, and regularly consults other educators on science and nature education approaches for young children.