The Playgroup Movement

Author: Brenda Crowe
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135031347
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Originally published in 1973, this reprints the fourth, updated edition of 1983. This book defines playgroups, examines their needs and problems and traces the growth of the association to meet the demands of a lively and demanding movement.

Preschool Math

Author: Debbie Cunningham
Publisher: Gryphon House, Inc.
ISBN: 0876597614
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The authors of Preschool Math--a scientist, a Montessori teacher, and an Emergent Curriculum advocate--come from different backgrounds and all offer unique expertise to the book. This combination gives the book a particularly interesting and stimulating approach, and makes the book usable for any teacher. Preschool Math encourages teachers to listen to and observe young children to better understand how they think about their world. The book uses these prompts to expand into useful and appropriate math experiences. Teachers will encourage children to use their senses and bodies to explore ideas, record and talk about the concepts, and to learn how math feels, tastes, and looks. Activities in Preschool Math use the scientific ideals of testing, evaluating, exploring, experimenting, problem solving, making guesses, and forming a hypothesis, while utilizing interesting materials and environments in mathematical ways. Special features of this book Each activity includes assessment following standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Activities are geared for a range of ages and abilities, and many types of learning environments. Experiences included in the book originate in children's own explorations of math concepts in day-to-day play. Preschool Math encourages hands-on playful and child-focused experiences that guide children towards a sound understanding of the basic math concepts. Preschool Math encourages teachers, caregivers, students and parents to create math experiences from everyday events and materials. Preschool Math encourages children's thoughtful considerations, theory development, and logical exploration. It discourages interrogation or forcing a yes or no answer. Teachers are encouraged to observe children's play when introducing math concepts, or environment in ways that are appropriate at that time and for those children. This approach helps children learn math concepts as they are ready for them. Preschool Math is written so that teachers can easily access and use the activities. The authors suggest materials and activities as well as describe ways to talk with the children or to encourage further exploration over future days or weeks. Teachers can find activities that best suit children's needs, or use the ideas to set up environments that will encourage children to explore math. Preschool Math will enrich the lives of children, introduce concepts that build foundations for a lifetime of learning, encourage wondering and exploration, and provide encouragement for adults to make early childhood a real math playground!

Developmental Psychopathology Risk Disorder and Adaptation

Author: Dante Cicchetti
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470050063
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Developmental Psychopathology, Volume 3, Risk, Disorder, and Adaptation provides a life span developmental perspective on "high-risk" conditions and mental disorders. Moreover, it examines developmental pathways to resilient adaptation in the face of adversity.

Touchpoints Three to Six

Author: T. Berry Brazelton
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0738213004
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For decades, new parents have relied on Dr. Brazelton's wisdom. But all "Brazelton babies" grow up. Now at last, the internationally famous pediatrician, in collaboration with an eminent child psychiatrist, has brought his unique insights to the "magic" preschool and first-grade years.Through delightful profiles of four very different children, the authors apply the touchpoints theory (following the pattern of growth-new challenge-reegression-recharging-and renewed growth) to each of the great cognitive, behavioral, and emotional leaps that occur from age three to six. In the second, alphabetical, half of the book they offer precious guidance to parents facing contemporary pressures and stresses, such as how to keep a child safe without instilling fear, countering the electronic barrage of violent games and marketing aimed at children, coping successfully with varied family configurations, over-scheduling, competition, and many other vital issues today. A Merloyd Lawrence Book

People Don t Grow by Being Measured

Author: Brenda Crowe
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1906510296
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Exuberantly happy and enthusiastically self-confident, Brenda Crowe went eagerly to school, where she found herself, to her bewilderment and dismay, identified as a slow child who could not do what was required of her. Happiness and self-esteem were replaced by doubt and anxiety. But Brenda works to her own strengths, and developed innovative ways of learning through seeing, hearing, sensing and doing in relationship with those who could teach intuitively - through explanations, in word pictures and by practical demonstration. When, at the age of eighty, she was finally diagnosed as dyslexic, she was amazed to be told that she was also highly intelligent, having spent most of her life assuming quite the opposite. Her response was to look back into her childhood to try to trace any early signs of her condition.This fascinating book raises important questions about educational theory and practice: should we aim to 'put right' children with special educational needs, or respect and support the unique people they already are? Should we teach subjects, or teach children? How do we educate children for life and not just for exams?

Exploring the Contexts for Early Learning

Author: Rory McDowall Clark
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317383966
Format: PDF
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The concept of ‘readiness for school’ is attractive to policy-makers, but many academics, researchers and practitioners argue that an early start to formal learning may be misguided. This book introduces readers to an increasing body of evidence which demonstrates that young children need opportunities to learn and develop in environments that support their emotional and cognitive needs, offering opportunities to develop autonomy, competence and self-regulation skills. With advice on implementing research findings in practice, this book provides clear guidance on how to foster and develop these attributes, scaffold steps into new areas of learning and support children in facing new challenges. Chapters cover: Policy and discourses; Taking account of development; Approaches to Early Years Learning; The Diversity of Children’s Early Experiences; Transitions and starting school; Where to in the Future? Exploring the Contexts for Early Learning will be essential reading for students, practitioners, policy-makers and all those interested in the school readiness agenda.