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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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RRP $75.95

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Overcoming Teacher Burnout in Early Childhood: Strategies for Change

Caregiver fatigue and low morale is a problem in many early care settings. Overcoming Teacher Burnout in Early Childhood focuses on the many reasons why early childhood professionals can suffer from low staff morale that causes such a high industry turnover rate. Included are ways to motivate and inspire yourself and others to view their work in a way that is healthy, intentional, and creates a high-quality early childhood environment. Personal stories from the field highlight how educators have themselves stayed motivated. The conversational style offers opportunities for self-reflection and group work. Practical steps help caregivers find ways to refuel and bump up morale, providing the energy needed to tackle long-term strategies.

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RRP $65.95

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Really Seeing Children

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

Slow down, observe, delight, and practice really seeing children every day, for being with children in this way is not just a way of working, but a way of life. Deb Curtis, in her more than 40 years as an early childhood educator, has cultivated a reflective teaching practice devoted to really seeing children. Through her collection of stories and photographs, learn to suspend your adult agenda to really see children's perspectives and the amazing ways they experience the world. Taking up this practice will bring joy and deeper understanding to your work and life and allow you to engage with children in a more meaningful teaching and learning process. "What I've come to understand is that the most important work I do to see a child in positive ways is within me. I must continually work to transform my own view of children's behaviors, see their points of view, and strive to uncover how what I am seeing reveals the children's deep desire, eagerness, and capacity for relationships. There is no more important or rewarding work than this." - Deb Curtis

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RRP $84.95

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STEAM Concepts for Infants and Toddlers

STEAM’s goal is to support the native creativity and innovation that all children possess. Infants and toddlers have a naturally curious mindset. Yet, there is little literature for educators to sufficiently learn more about how to use STEAM concepts in their practice with infants and toddlers. This book uses illustrated vignettes to narrate stories of infant and toddler STEAM concept explorations and bring out new possibilities for caregivers to uncover within their own environments. STEAM Concepts for Infants and Toddlers presents an inquiry stance for caregivers to consider their role and values that they hold in connection to STEAM concepts. People have different views around how young children should be exposed to STEAM concepts and why. This book gives a space for you to reflect upon their own experiences and views before engaging with young children’s learning around STEAM concepts, allowing you to identify areas that are more or less familiar with. This self-reflection will help you take a risk and try something new.

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RRP $87.95

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StoryMaking: The Maker Movement Approach to Literacy for Early Learners

StoryMaking is a first-to-market book celebrating the multimodal literacies and learning that are demonstrated by young children as they imagine, play, make, and share their stories. It encourages inquiry-based play to develop literacy, and combines: Story-retelling and story creation the Maker Movement—a creative and technological revolution in education that is underway around the globe the importance of play in the early learning curriculum Reggio theory It’s the practice of communicating a variety of ways (e.g. language, gesture, images) over various systems (e.g. visual, audible, physical), and moving children forward in their literacy learning. This book shares the processes, first steps, materials, practical suggestions, student samples, documentation forms, and over 100 full-color photos so teachers can implement their own version of StoryMaking in their classrooms.

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RRP $89.95

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The Goodness of Rain
Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children

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

We must discover our place in the natural world. Together.

To nurture ecological identity in young children, we invite them into relationship with the world beyond walls and with the creatures that live there. We invite them into ethical thinking anchored by the compassion that comes from caring and engaged relationships. We invite them to come home to the Earth, and to live honorably in that home.

Join author Ann Pelo on her year-long journey as she nurtures the ecological identity of a toddler and discovers for herself what it means to live in relationship with the natural world…

…delighting in discovery and adventure

…developing dispositions and skills for being in the out-of-doors

…learning when to speak and when to be still

…knowing joy, grief, reverence, astonishment, and gladness

…embracing the comradeship of fellow explorers

When we turn towards the Earth with curiosity and sympathy, with humility and wonder, our lives fall into place — we fall into place. This is what it means to grow an ecological identity.

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RRP $59.95

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The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood
What We Know vs What We Do

Over the years, most reforms in early childhood education have been well-intended, yet have not kept up with the needs of young children and educators in the classroom. Author Michael Gramling provides an historical overview of how educational policies came into effect and how they are driving educational practices. Gramling argues that ineffective practices are the result of unexamined public policies and asserts that educators need to challenge this kind thinking in order to make a difference in children's lives Powerful, thought provoking stories will inspire you to examine the problems and challenge you to envision a preschool classroom that works for all children.

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RRP $62.95

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The Language of Art 2nd edition

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

Reggio-inspired inquiry-based studio practices

This updated edition includes:

New art exploration for teachers to use prior to implementing the practice with children

Suggestions on documentation Inspiring photographs and ideas to show how you can use inquiry-based practices in your own early childhood setting

Discover how to create space, time, and intentional processes for children's exploration and learning to use art for asking questions, exploring hypotheses, and examining experiences from unfamiliar perspectives.

Age focus: 3–6.

Softbound, 288 pgs.

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RRP $95.00 | Discount price: $89.95 | You save 5%

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The Power of Protocols
An Educator's Guide to Better Practice, Third Edition

Author(s): Jospeh P. McDonald, Nancy Mohr, Alan Dichter, Elizabeth C. McDonald (click on the author's name for more titles)

The use of protocols has quickly spread from conferences and workshops to everyday school and university settings. Now in its third edition, this perennial bestseller features substantial updates that take into account recent developments in the field of facilitative leadership. The authors have also added eleven totally new protocols, including the “Peer Review Protocol” and “Looking at Student Work with Equity in Mind.” This essential teaching and professional development tool includes:

• Step-by-step descriptions of how educators can use protocols to study together, work on problems of practice, teach well, and explore students’ work.
• Explanations of the particular purpose for each protocol, discussions of the value that educators have found in using them, and helpful tips for facilitators.
• A free supplement on the Teachers College Press website with “Abbreviated Protocols” that can be downloaded and customized to suit each facilitator’s needs.

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Treasures in the Thicket
by Bethica Quinn with Rosalina Rodriguez, edited by Ann Pelo and Margie Carter

Explore children's creative process and the treasures revealed through their educator's insights as they develop their representational expression of values and culture. Written by an educator in a Spanish immersion preschool, this tender, visually engaging book includes Spanish and English text. This book is an excellent resource for your professional development. Make the most of your reading investment by revisiting sections of the book with study companions to help you reflect on the story of Treasures in the Thicket. Commit yourself to transforming your reading from a passive experience of listening to a good story to an active engagement with thinking and questioning. 148 pages. Treasures in the Thicket is part of 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. Authors, Bethica and Rosalina, offer potent questions that reverberate beyond the pages of this book: "How would my way of working change if I made a commitment to seeing children, and listening to them, more deeply?" "How would it change if I decided to trust them more fully as partners in the process of learning?" Carry these questions into the days and weeks ahead, use them as touchstones and signposts, as you embark on your own acts of collaboration with children. — Ann Pelo and Margie Carter Editors of the Reimagining Our Work (ROW) Collection Authors of From Teaching to Thinking: A Pedagogy for Reimagining Our Work "Through the narrative of Quinn and Rodriguez, we are invited into both the children's and the teachers' thinking, wondering, concerns, emotions and dreams during the unfolding of their learning journey. Read Treasures in the Thicket in either English or Spanish, for you are sure to be enchanted and inspired." - Louise Boyd Cadwell, Co-founder of Cadwell Collaborative and author of Bringing Reggio Emilia Home

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You Can't Celebrate That!
Navigating the Deep Waters of Social Justice Teaching

Find inspiration in this compelling story of an educator's social justice journey as she partners with families to explore racial identity, religious celebrations, and racism in response to a biased comment by one child to another in her diverse preschool class. 100 pages. You Can't Celebrate That! is part of 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. You Can't Celebrate That! goes beyond anti-bias activities and reveals the critical thinking and process that goes into social justice education. Jaboneta models the self-work we all need to do as anti-bias educators—­she is curious, reflective and takes risks as she engages the families and her colleagues into the dilemma. – Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo, co-authors of Leading Anti-bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change A beautifully written teacher's story about what it takes to provide children with the tools to act with empathy, respect, and fairness in the face of diversity. – Louise Derman Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, co-authors, Anti-bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves You Can't Celebrate That! is an intriguing and gentle love story from a teacher to her community. – Shoshana A. Brown, LMSW, Educator, Organizer, and Healer This book is just what early childhood educators need right now to understand our own racial and cultural biases, and to move forward to transformative teaching and learning. – Daniel Meier, Professor of Elementary Education, San Francisco State University Nadia approaches her teaching with a set of values as her steady friend and guidepost and is a model to all of us, showing how true humility, honesty and openness can build bridges with families and co-workers and provide fertile soil for anti-bias education to blossom. – Julie Bisson, Early Childhood Director and author of Celebrate! An Anti-Bias Guide to Including Holidays in Early Childhood Programs This book makes a compelling case for how the Aotearoa (New Zealand) approach to Learning Stories can help early childhood educators in the United States amplify the voices of children and provide a compassionate and practical way to connect family and community to the life of the classroom. – Barbara Henderson, Professor of Education, San Francisco State University You Can't Celebrate That! reinforces how important it is that we begin talking with children about race and racism at a young age. If it is our mission to prepare our students to live and succeed in our diverse and globalized world, our work begins here with intentional teaching about inclusion, equity, and identity. – Gab Sussman, Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) Facilitator and Elementary School Teacher

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