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Cup
A Vibrant Vessel of Learning and Creativity

EDITED by Ann Pelo and Margie Carter Construct. Transform. Collaborate. Imagine. Who would have thought exchanges between four-year-olds and simple plastic cups would result in such intricate, creative building designs? Who would have thought that cups could be the catalyst of inquiry and theory making, naturally entangling the discrete disciplines of math, science, literacy, and digital technology? Who would have thought that cups could break down social barriers and act as agents for inclusion and relationship building? Cup is a beautiful demonstration of creative representation, and is the first of many books coming soon in the Reimagining Our Work (ROW) collection. Use the ROW collection to discover how early childhood educators in the field are reimagining their work and thinking alongside children in this innovative collection of stories. Bridgette and Angela, two masterful teacher researchers, tell the story of an unexpected co-created project of investigation. Children pursue ideas of meaning and substance with educators' companionship and mentorship. And educators strive to understand and strengthen children's thinking about their pursuits. It is the story of co-constructed learning at its best—inspiring you to look for, and engage in, transformations of your own. "The story of the children, the educators, the families, and the cups embodies the conviction that education both requires and nurtures imagination, determination, vision, humility, experimentation, relationship, and listening. Bridgette, Angela, the children, and their families demonstrate the generosity, playfulness, and intellectual vitality of a community anchored by these qualities—a community alive with small acts of magic." – Ann Pelo and Margie Carter

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!New! Bodysong: Exploring Children's Natural World Through Creative Dance

The Bodysong Creative Dance approach highlights ideas and imagination. This book is an inspirational and practical guide for early childhood educators and dance teachers seeking to incorporate creative movement into their programs. Bodysong promotes an appreciation for the natural world by combining movement with art, music and drama, motivating children to explore their own capacity for dance and develop a variety of motor skills. Bodysong comprises 23 lessons inspired by nature, with themes including Beach, Animals, Rainforest and Seasons. Each lesson includes: • A complete plan, from warm up exercises to a variety of movement and art activities • Beautiful photographs of the activities in action • Music, poems or artwork for each activity • Instructions for making and using simple props

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RRP $59.95

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Children as Illustrators
Making Meaning through Language

Author(s): Susan C Thompson (click on the author's name for more titles)

Art and literacy experiences can be integrated into the classroom to great effect, and Susan Thompson shows us how. Interpreting and creating pictorial representations is an important step on the road to literacy, as is experimenting with combinations of symbols and text.

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RRP $43.95

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Children’s Imagination
Creativity Under Our Noses

Author(s): Ursula Kolbe (click on the author's name for more titles)

Is today’s pressure on parents and teachers sidelining children’s play?
Artist and educator Ursula Kolbe opens our eyes and ears to what’s happening ‘under our noses’ when children play—with anything from seedpods to felt-tip pens or even an iPad. Kolbe’s stories reveal that unstructured and unhurried play—as neuroscientists, psychologists and educators have long said—encourages children to become imaginative and inventive thinkers.

By looking at children’s responses to the unexpected in play, Children’s Imagination: Creativity Under Our Noses uncovers valuable clues to what sparks creativity in us all.

For all who live and work with children 1.5–10 years.

‘A lovely, lovely book—well and truly loveable! A cracker.’
Janet Robertson, educational consultant and teacher, Mia-Mia Child and Family Study Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney

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RRP $29.95

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Colors of Learning, The
Integrating the Visiual Arts into the Early Childhood Curriculum

Author(s): Margaret H Johnson, Rosemary Althouse, Sharon T Mitchell (click on the author's name for more titles)

Unique in its creativity and depth of understanding, The Colors of Learning will change the way that teachers think about and react to children’s artwork This user-friendly volume features actual classroom dialogue throughout the text and many illustrations of children’s art, including some in full color.

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RRP $47.95

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In the Spirit of the Studio, Second Edition
Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia

Author(s): Charles Schwall, Lella Gandini, Louise Cadwell, Lynn Hill (click on the author's name for more titles)

This critically acclaimed, lavishly illustrated book will help educators create the highest quality learning opportunities for a new generation of children.

The Second Edition features substantial and important changes, including the addition of new chapters by pioneers of the work that happens in the atelier who draw on several decades of experience.

The atelier or studio is a key element of the renowned preschools and infant-toddler centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This beautiful, full-color resource explores how the experiences of children interacting with rich materials in the atelier affect an entire school’s approach to the construction and expression of thought and learning. The authors provide examples of projects and address practical aspects of the atelier, including organizing the environment and using materials. No other book presents a more thorough examination of the philosophy, practice, and essential influence of the Reggio-inspired studio.

Book Features:
• A comprehensive approach that addresses learning, collaboration, relationships, and community.
• The writing and practice of influential educators from Reggio Emilia, including a new chapter by Vea Vecchi.
• A window into many ateliers/studios within the United States that have created settings and experiences to suit their unique contexts.
• Updated conversations with the protagonists from Reggio Emilia as they speak about the history and evolution of the atelier.

Contributors: Pauline Baker, Barbara Burrington, George Forman, Susan Harris MacKay, Giovanni Piazza, Carlina Rinaldi, Lori Geismar Ryan, and Vea Vecchi.

“Brims with suggestions and examples of projects and testimonies, and should become a requirement for all graduate students entering the education field.”
— Journal of the Association for Childhood Education International

“Will help to promote a vibrant and creative approach to learning that will enrich American children’s educational experience.”
— Barbara and Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Lella Gandini is the Reggio Children U.S. liaison for dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Lynn Hill is an educational consultant. Louise Cadwell is co-founder of Cadwell Collaborative: Sustainability Education and School Design. Charles Schwall is pedagogical curator at The St. Michael School of Clayton in St. Louis.

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It's Not a Bird Yet
The Drama of Drawing

Author(s): Ursula Kolbe (click on the author's name for more titles)

Building on her enormously popular book, Rapunzel?s Supermarket, Ursula Kolbe takes an in-depth look at the rich possibilities of drawing. Filled with engaging anecdotes that illustrate the often-overlooked social dimensions of drawing, It's not a Bird Yet offers new ways of looking at drawing. Beautifully illustrated, in full colour, it celebrates drawing as a powerful tool for thinking and imagining.

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Journal of Awe and Wonder Limited Stock Available

Author(s): Claire Warden (click on the author's name for more titles)

An open space to record your ideas and reflections, beautifully presented in honour of the Nature Action Collaborative for Children.
The stunning photographs celebrate young children connecting with nature from around the world. Inspirational quotations on vellum paper, glossy photos and watercolour paper for artwork and scrapbooking are what make this an amazing book.

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Joy of Movement: Lesson Plans and Large-Motor Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

The Joy of Movement is a preschool movement activity book with a therapeutic perspective. The combination of old and new games creates a purpose driven physical motor curriculum. Each activity has been kid tested. This well-organized and easy-to-use book includes fun, developmentally appropriate activities that foster physical development and build self-esteem. The activities are built around developmental motor milestones and are flexible enough to encourage skill development for a variety of learners. The Joy of Movement is for anyone with young children ages three to six in their lives: preschool teachers, parents, families and child care providers.

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RRP $59.95

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Language of Art, The
Inquiry-Based Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings

Author(s): Ann Pelo (click on the author's name for more titles)

Inspired by an approach to teaching and learning born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, The Language of Art emphasizes investigation anchored by drawing, painting, and other art activities.

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RRP $67.95

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Loose Parts
Inspiring Play in Young Children

Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials—acorns, hardware, stones, aluminum foil, fabric scraps, for example—that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Loose parts are alluring and beautiful. Loose Parts capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity. With more than 550 color photographs of many kinds of loose parts in real early childhood settings, classroom stories, and a dynamic overview, Loose Parts provides inspiration and information about the ways everyday materials can support open-ended learning, enhance play, and empower children. With loose parts, the possibilities are endless. Tillywig Award Winner 2015, Brain Child "What this book does, in addition to demonstrating the immense educational and developmental benefits afforded by loose parts, is to provide a framework that guides and inspires parents and educators to make full use of what they have to offer. Its pages are rich in clear ideas and beautiful photographs. Above all, this is a book about the essential value of creativity, the many forms it takes, and the ease with which children can achieve remarkable heights of learning through play with simple objects that abound in our everyday lives."

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Loose Parts 2 - Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers

Author(s): Lisa Daly, Miriam Beloglovsky (click on the author's name for more titles)

This follow-up to the wildly popular Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children brings the fun of found objects to infants and toddlers. A variety of new and innovative loose parts ideas are paired with beautiful photography to inspire safe loose parts play in your infant toddler environment. Learn about the safety considerations of each age group and how to appropriately select materials for your children. Captivating classroom stories and proven science, provide the context for how this style of play supports children's development and learning. Because the possibilities are endless, each child can use the materials appropriate for their developmental level and safely explore their world.

Age focus: 0–3.
Available May 2016.

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Loose Parts 3
Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments

Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials—acorns, hardware, stones, aluminum foil, fabric scraps—that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Loose parts are alluring and beautiful. They capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity. The next installment for the award-winning Loose Parts series offers inspiration and guidance on creating culturally sensitive and culturally sustainable early childhood environments. With the help of over 400 full-color photos this book guides readers to use their environment to promote a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy, and allow children to explore their identity. Loose Parts 3 analyzes environment design through six key terms: Aesthetic—the nature of art and beauty. Authenticity—helps us avoid stereotypical and biased assumptions. Equity—is about achieving equal outcomes by the individualizing support for each child. Dynamic—always changing and supporting children’s critical thinking. Praxis—actioned informed by theory. Critical reflection—the on-going process of consideration, analysis and informed decision-making applied to daily work. Peer-reviewed by a team from diverse backgrounds—Loose Parts 3 includes a note on the peer review process, and the authors’ own journey looking at their classrooms.

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Loose Parts 4
Inspiring 21st Century Learning

In the newest installment of the popular, award-winning Loose Parts series, Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky focus on family engagement and competency building. With inspiring full-color photographs Loose Parts 4 is organized around competencies and life skills children need for success in the future: knowingness, engagement, risk, connections, leadership, innovative thinking, and creativity. Lisa and Miriam explain the value of loose parts, detail how to integrate loose parts into the environment and children’s play, and specifically focus on loose parts for children in family environments—helping educators engage families and extend learning beyond the classroom. 264 pages. Available November 2019.

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Open-Ended Art for Young Children

Open-ended art is defined as art activity where children are free to use their imagination as they explore a variety of materials without a planned outcome. When teachers embrace open-ended art, they emphasize the process of creating and observe the developmental growth being experienced by the children. Open-ended art provides children an important opportunity to think about, feel, and express ideas. It helps teachers slow down the pace of the day and appreciate the beauty that comes from simple experimentation with art materials. There are many books available to educators that include art ideas and projects, but Open-Ended Art for Young Children goes beyond the basics to highlight why the field of early childhood education advocates for open-ended art and explains how to adapt to new ways of thinking about art. Authors Dr. Tracy Galuski and Dr. Mary Ellen Bardsley present, chapter by chapter, the challenges teachers encounter when faced with best practices and expectations related art process and product, such as such as getting families on board, how to stretch your budget, sensory activities and children with special needs, and do we really need to give messy toddlers free access to materials? Each chapter begins with a classroom vignette that describes the challenge, followed by a plethora of solutions grounded in research and illustrated through practical examples. Each chapter includes full color pictures and photos, and ends with an activity or investigation for reflection.

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