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Building Together: Collaborative Leadership in Early Childhood Systems

Building Together is a journey focused on the leadership necessary for today’s early childhood education system building. This book provides a road map to what effective leaders do, how they do it, and the leadership necessary to work towards collaborative systems level change. Building Together includes a wealth of information on the leadership skills, styles and competencies necessary to address today’s challenges and opportunities in the field of early childhood education. It also includes how to put leadership skills and knowledge into action to work towards sustainable system planning, implementation, and continuous improvement. Author Fiona Stewart includes success stories throughout the book from professionals in the field as well as examples from her own leadership work. Today’s systems-level work requires sophisticated leadership skills. Building Together provides all the leadership information needed for both emerging and experienced leaders.

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RRP $99.95

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Caring Spaces, Learning Places
3rd edition

Children deserve to spend their days in well-designed environments that support their needs and stimulate their learning. Adults who spend their days teaching and caring for young children deserve environments that maximize their skills. The newest revision of Caring Spaces, Learning Places is a book of ideas, observations, problems, solutions, examples, resources, photographs, and poetry. Here you will find current thinking about children's environments - 380 pages to challenge you, stimulate you, inspire you. EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Greenman was a designer, philosopher, and provocateur, but he was first and foremost a teacher. His teachings and insights live on through his writing, and while I was stunned at how up-to-date and pertinent Caring Spaces remains, I shouldn't have been. After all, I use things that Jim taught me every day. To say that the editing team had a light touch with this 3rd edition of Caring Spaces would be an understatement. Jim's words stand the test of time incredibly well, and this new edition leaves his sometimes quirky and always insightful prose intact. We have worked hard to include updated references, a new appendices section, and to refine the layout and graphics in ways that make the book more readable, but the ideas, anecdotes, strategies, and innate "rightness" of the book we left alone. My hope is that Caring Spaces inspires a new generation of educators and designers to realize Jim's vision of spaces for children where wonder, beauty, sensory richness, and functionality are the norm and not the exception.

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RRP $112.95

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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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EDEC3026 Designs for Living and Learning, Second Edition
Transforming Early Childhood Environments

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 $69.97

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Everyone Needs Attention: Helping Young Children Thrive

Attention seeking is seen as misbehavior in young children, and giving them the attention they need is often times interpreted as reinforcement of bad behavior. Everyone Needs Attention focuses on how we, as adults, manage our emotions when children seek our attention, including a how-to chapter to help the reader reflect about how they sought out attention as children. This book includes conversations with teachers as well as some concrete steps to assist in self-explorations. Tamar Jacobson, PhD, includes her own life story, as well as anecdotes of her work with teachers, families, and children over the past forty years as a preschool teacher, professor, mother, and early childhood consultant.

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Family Engagement in Early Childhood Settings Quick Guide

Working with parents and families can be a challenge, especially when there are contradicting expectations. However, it can also be a joyful and empowering experience for both the program and the family if partnering with families is built into the program’s culture. Following a strengths-based approach, Family Engagement in Early Childhood Settings offers all programs, including family child care, center-based programs, and school-based programs, strategies for building or enhancing interactions, engagement, expectations, communication, and participation with families. This Redleaf Quick Guide provides clear information of what to do, as well as what not to do when encouraging family engagement in early care and education programs. Readers will find helpful information on making the best first impressions with parents in-person and online, establishing effective and supportive intake meetings for both parents and program, setting expectations from both perspectives, two-way communication strategies including daily conversations, verbal and technological methods, conferences and documenting learning, and creating a culture of family engagement embedded into every part of your program.

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RRP $39.95

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Focused Portfolios: A Complete Assessment for the Young Child, 2nd Edition

Focused Portfolios, Second Edition offers an innovative method to accurately document children's growth and development by observing them in the midst of their everyday activities. Used for years in programs across the country, this easy-to-use system has recently been updated to reflect current best practices in observation and assessment using portfolios, include information on apps and other digital tools to create portfolios for individual assessment and parent engagement, and incorporates individual state standards to develop portfolios that reflect the child's performance. 320 pages Available June 2019

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From Teaching to Thinking
A pedagogy for reimagining our work

From Teaching to Thinking conceptualizes professional learning as on-going and embedded pedagogical practice rather than out of the classroom, one-shot trainings and disparate workshops. Professional learning for educators that strengthens their development as thinkers, researchers, innovators, and constructors of knowledge. Professional learning for educators Contextual thinking about pedagogical practice Theory grounded with a thinking protocol An active reading format that blends theory, story, and practice Includes written reflective responses from Margie Carter Each chapter includes questions for practice for the reader to engage with Includes a special section of Voices from the Front Lines: anecdotal testimonies from educators who have indeed reimagined their own work using this outstanding new resource

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RRP $79.95

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Hot Skills
Developing Higher-Order Thinking in Young Learners

Higher-order thinking makes teaching and learning more engaging and intentional, adds intellectual rigor to any curriculum, and aids the development of some important life skills in young learners. Higher order thinking skills are key for success in school and life. Dr. Saifer provides numerous strategies for promoting higher-order thinking effectively across all content areas throughout the day. Higher order thinking (HOT) entails the mental manipulation of information, whereas lower order thinking (LOT) entails the straightforward use or direct application of information. For example: counting to 10 is a LOT skill; determining that there are 10 more days of school until summer vacation is a HOT skill decoding letter sounds and memorizing site words are LOT skills; understanding what one hears or reads are HOT skills when teachers ask questions such as "What's the name of this shape?" (while holding up a triangular piece of paper), they are eliciting lower order thinking. But, asking students to cut a rectangular piece of paper to make as many triangles as they can, elicits higher order thinking Just about every teaching and learning activity can be developed or modified to promote one or more types of higher-order thinking skills. Dr. Saifer’s strategies can be easily modified to be responsive to a variety of cultures and to meet a range of learning abilities, styles, and intelligences. Just as establishing good nutrition habits early sets the foundation for a healthier life, developing basic-level HOT skills sets the foundation for a more productive and purposeful life.

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I'm OK! Building Resilience through Physical Play

Children must learn to pick themselves up, brush themselves off, and bounce back. But how do you allow for the physicality required to build resilience when you are tasked with children’s safety? This guide provides the tools and strategies for creating a culture of resilience, including families in the process, and keeping safety front-of-mind. Examine common safety concerns and how to address and prepare for them Learn how to work with families and build a trusting relationship around children’s physical development Consider legal concerns regarding licensing and liability Learn how to encourage children's physicality and foster important skills like self-regulation, self-knowledge, and self-confidence

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RRP $74.95

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Inquiry-Based Early Learning Environments
Creating, Supporting and Collaborating

What does it mean to inquire? Grownups would say it means to question, to search for information, or to finding out about a topic of interest. For children in an early childhood classroom, the definition is no different. From the time of their birth, children want to know how the world works and actively seek out information. How educators respond to their questions is what this book is all about. Inquiry-Based Early Learning Environments takes an in-depth look at children’s inquiry. What does inquiry look like in early childhood settings? How does the environment affect children’s inquiries and teachers’ thought processes? Inquiry-Based Early Learning Environments examines inquiry in all its facets, including environments that support relationships, that create a culture of risk-taking in our thinking, that support teachers as well as children, that include families, that use documentation as a way of thinking about our work, and of course, the physical environment and all the objects and spaces within it. Throughout, stories about environments and approaches to inquiry from around the world are included as examples.

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RRP $89.95

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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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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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Magic Capes, Amazing Powers
Transforming Superhero Play in the Classroom

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

Magic Capes, Amazing Powers takes an in-depth look at why children are so strongly attracted to superhero and weapons play, examines the concerns of parents and teachers, and suggests practical solutions that take into account the needs of children and adults.

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