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3-2-1: Time for Parachute Fun

Author(s): Clare Beswick (click on the author's name for more titles)

Children love parachute play. They get the chance to move around, be silly, and have fun. But there's more to parachute play than games. The activities in 3-2-1: Time for Parachute Fun are sure to get kids laughing while they're learning to count, cooperate, follow directions, and move their bodies in new ways.

With activities that promote social and emotional growth, imaginative play, and listening and communication skills, this fantastic resource provides parents, teachers, and caregivers with plenty of ideas to get children moving and learning.

The book is divided into three parts:

• The Introduction offers safety tips, information on purchasing a parachute, and ideas for more fun ways to use parachutes.

• The chapter "Parachute Games—No Props Necessary" includes activities that only require a parachute, like The Parachute Pokey, Under the Big Top!, and In My Tent.

• The last chapter, "Playing Parachute Games with Props," is full of activities that use easy-to-find props, including: Into the Bucket You Go!, Matching Pairs, and All Dressed Up.

Each activity includes step-by-step instructions, and many also include ideas for expanding activities to support further learning. Children ages 3-10 will love these easy and fun activities.

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RRP $29.95

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Beyond Behavior Management Second Edition
The Six Life Skills Children Need

Author(s): Jenna Bilmes (click on the author's name for more titles)

Developed and tested in the classroom, Beyond Behavior Management, Second Edition, is a strength-based approach to guiding and managing young children's behaviour 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.

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RRP $78.95

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Blueprint for Action (3rd edition)
Leading Your Team in Continuous Quality Improvement

Author(s): Paula Jorde Bloom (click on the author's name for more titles)

Blueprint for Action provides a framework for understanding the dynamics of organisational change in early care and education settings. It helps administrators move beyond a “quick fix” notion of center improvement by serving as a guide for organisational analysis and action. The book details a comprehensive method for assessing program strengths and areas in need of improvement. The heart of this approach is an individualised model of supervision and staff development. Woven throughout the text are numerous vignettes connecting the concepts to real-life situations experienced by early childhood administrators.

From the aspiring or new director to the most seasoned and experienced administrator, this book has something in it for everyone. Blueprint for Action is the most comprehensive book of its kind, providing both a theoretical rationale and practical suggestions for embedding continuous quality improvement into the fabric of organisational life. It includes 26 assessment tools and 12 worksheets that directors can adapt for use in their own programs.

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RRP $99.95

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Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms
Designing and Implementing Child Centred Learning Environments

Author(s): Eric Nelson (click on the author's name for more titles)

Filled with both simple and large-scale ideas, Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms provides support as you design and implement outdoor learning environments.  Chapters examine the role of the outdoor classroom, working with children outdoors, getting support from stakeholders, getting started, evaluating the outdoor environment, program and implementation strategies, and more.

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RRP $99.95

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Designs for Living and Learning, Second Edition
Transforming Early Childhood Environments

Author(s): Deb Curtis, Margie Carter (click on the author's name for more titles)

The updated and expanded edition of an early childhood favorite!

You likely have dreams for your early childhood environment that are greater than rating scales, regulations, and room arrangements. Designs for Living and Learning has been a favorite resource among educators and caregivers for more than a decade, and this new edition is packed with even more ideas that can be used as you create captivating environments that nurture children, families, and staff while supporting children's learning. With hundreds of all-new colorful photographs of real early learning settings and a multitude of simple and practical concepts for creative indoor and outdoor spaces and learning materials, this book truly is a source of inspiration as you learn how to shape welcoming spaces where children can learn and grow.

Expanded chapters include new information reflecting current trends and concerns in early childhood, such as the use of repurposed and nontraditional materials, children in the outdoors, alternative ways to think about providing for learning outcomes, facing and overcoming barriers and negotiating change, and the impact of environmental rating scales in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). Two new chapters are included, one highlighting the transformations of environments with before and after photos and outlines of the process, and the other with examples of soliciting children's ideas about the environment.

Age focus: 3-5. Softbound, 360 pgs.

Deb Curtis and Margie Carter are internationally acclaimed experts in early childhood and coauthors of many books.

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RRP $99.95

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Eight Essential Techniques for Teaching with Intention
What Makes Reggio and Other Inspired Approaches Effective

Author(s): Ann Lewin-Benham (click on the author's name for more titles)

In her latest book, bestselling author Ann Lewin-Benham describes eight techniques that foster intentional and reflective classroom practice. She presents over 70 novel exercises to help teachers learn to use body, face, hands, voice, eyes, and word choices to precisely convey meaning. Some exercises are for teachers to practice, while others build intention and reflection in children. Dozens of scenarios from typical classroom situations contrast unintentional and intentional teaching behaviors. A self-assessment enables teachers to measure how intentional and reflective they become as they learn to use the eight techniques. This lively and often humorous resource is a companion to Lewin-Benham's Twelve Best Practices for Early Childhood Education, which explains what to teach and why. This new book explains how to teach.

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RRP $87.95

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Essentials of Active Learning in Preschool 2nd Edition
Getting to Know the HighScope Curriculum

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

This practical guide presents a comprehensive and user-friendly introduction to the HighScope Preschool Curriculum, covering early childhood theory and research, teaching practices, curriculum content, and professional development. The book’s appealing format offers examples, checklists, photos, child and teacher anecdotes, and thoughtful questions and hands-on exercises to help both experienced and new teachers reflect on their beliefs and practices.

This second edition reflects the most up-to-date research on child development and effective teaching practice.

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RRP $67.95

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Gardening with Young Children: Second Edition of Hollyhocks and Honeybees

Author(s): Sara Starbuck, Marla Olthof, Karen Midden (click on the author's name for more titles)

Gardens are where children's imaginations engage nature, and the result is joyful learning. Gardening helps children develop an appreciation for the natural world and build the foundation for environmental stewardship. This book is packed with information and inspiration to help you immerse children in gardening and outdoor learning experiences—green thumb or a perfect plot of land not required.

Learn how a gardening curriculum supports learning and development across all domains. You'll also find heaps of suggestions for planning, planting, and caring for a garden suited to your unique setting, such as container gardens, raised beds, in-ground gardens, gardens grown vertically on a wall or fence, and even rooftop gardens.

Cultivate children's wonder and appreciation for nature. This book provides:

• More than 60 hands-on learning activities for children of all ages to explore plants and garden creatures
• Vibrant photographs and classroom stories showcasing great programs from around the country
• New content reflecting childhood issues and gardening trends that have surfaced in recent years, including concerns that children are becoming alienated from nature, and that childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic
• Resources to help your garden flourish, seed and garden supply lists, information on poisonous plants, and books about gardens and garden creatures.

Age focus: 0-8.

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RRP $67.95

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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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RRP $89.95

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Intellectual Emergencies
Some Reflections on Mothering and Teaching

Author(s): Lilian Katz (click on the author's name for more titles)

Lilian Katz has spent many years conducting workshops for teachers, parents, and students all over the world, and during those workshops she has often referred to her son Stephen, and what she has termed the "intellectual emergencies" she experienced during the years he was growing up. Her responses to these "emergencies," the moments when he analyzed her actions and challenged her decisions as a parent and a teacher, are pulled together in this book.

With music and words from Stephen incorporated into the book, Katz presents an inspirational work for parents and teachers, or anyone who has ever looked into the face of a child and wondered if she was making the right choices.

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RRP $56.95

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Learning About Language and Literacy in Preschool

What every preschool teacher needs! Filled with practical strategies and useful information on language and literacy, this book offers.

• Learning center ideas
• Engaging activities
• Practical suggestions that are easy to implement
• Ideas that support the development and learning of every preschooler
• Children’s book recommendations

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RRP $54.95

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Learning with Nature
Embedding Outdoor Practice

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

Learning outside the classroom is a key part of early years and primary practice and is on the rise in settings across the world. This book centres on outstanding outdoor practice and how children can learn and develop in natural environments. Focussing on children aged from 2-11 this book contains:

- A self-evaluation toolkit for educators to reflect on what they're doing now and where to develop to be more effective.

- Examples of practice from around the world and in various environments, including urban settings.

- An entire chapter on assessment and planning to help ensure and demonstrate quality of provision.

Looking at all the possibilities and approaches, there are models for practice to suit every setting so that everyone can make outdoor learning part of the core teaching and learning objectives.

Contents:

Introduction  
Chapter 1: Self-Evaluation of Practice  
Chapter 2: Characteristics that Shape Outdoor Learning  
Chapter 3: Learning with Nature  
Chapter 4: Sharing Values with Parents  
Chapter 5: Observation, Planning and Assessment  
Chapter 6: Embedding Practice  
References

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RRP $64.00

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Little Kids, Big Worries
Stress-Busting Tips for Early Childhood Classrooms

Author(s): Alice Sterling Honig (click on the author's name for more titles)

Research shows that stress in the crucial early years of a child's life can pose dramatic, lasting challenges to development, learning, and behavior. This is the practical book early childhood professionals need to recognize stress in young children—and intervene with proven relief strategies before pressures turn into big problems.

Developed by celebrated early childhood expert Alice Sterling Honig, this guidebook helps readers address the most common causes of stress in a young child's life, including separation anxiety, bullying, jealousy, and family circumstances. Educators and childcare providers will: understand key factors that influence a child's stress level, including attachment, temperament, developmental and learning challenges, health issues, and family pressures become a keen observer of the varied and sometimes subtle ways that children express stress

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RRP $56.95

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Living Like a Child
Learn, Live, and Teach Creatively

Author(s): Enrique Feldman (click on the author's name for more titles)

Living Like a Child provides inspiration to make stronger connections with children. This handbook addresses the development of self, the many components of growth, and guides the journey to help children reach their full potential.

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RRP $44.95

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Making it Better - Second Edition
Activities for Children Living in a Stressful World

Author(s): Barbara Oehlburg (click on the author's name for more titles)

More than 75 empowering and healing classroom activities

Children living with uncertainty and insecurity often have difficulty focusing on learning. They might demonstrate disrespectful or defiant behaviors, act out, or act with aggression. As an educator, you may provide the only stability in their otherwise turbulent world.

Making It Better explains trauma-informed education, an approach that recognizes the impact of traumatic stress on children and its effect on the growing brain, and applies the latest neurological research to teaching methods, disciplinary policies, and interactions to support grieving children.

This book responds to the learning and behavioral needs of children who have experienced traumatic events or toxic stress—such as natural disasters, community violence, or abuse or neglect within the child's familial relations—and includes a collection of activities and strategies to help children heal and feel empowered.

Distressed children need absolute emotional security and an opportunity to engage in healing activities. With your help, children can begin to build resiliency and find renewed hope for the future.

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RRP $44.95

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