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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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RRP $80.00

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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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My First Year
Making Connections with Infants

These age-appropriate ideas emphasize the importance of attachment for healthy social-emotional and cognitive development in infants. Information on how attentive and fun interaction helps a child's brain develop is also included. Brain Insights activity cards are compact and portable, making it easy to jumpstart interactive play anywhere throughout the day. 40 laminated cards on a ring.

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Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools

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

This new title provides a balance of academic research and case studies of children's voices to explore all the facets of setting up and co-ordinating a Nature Kindergarten. Claire Warden's Philosophy of the Nature Kindergartens is an awe inspiring blend of a naturalistic space indoors, a landscape designed by children and a wild space where children can be outside for up to 90 percent of their day all year round. Full colour photography throughout brings the books to life through the children's learning stories.

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Nature-Based Learning for Young Children: Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Budget

Increase opportunities for nature-based education in any early childhood program, regardless of climate, region, budget, or experience. Nature-Based Learning for Young Children is designed to provide ideas for all early childhood educators ranging from novice to highly experienced in a wide range of ecosystems, including forests, cities, prairies, coastal, urban, and deserts. It includes background information on a range of nature topics, reproducible parent newsletters, sample play-based lesson plans, guidance and health and safety issues related to nature activities, ideas for free/inexpensive equipment and materials and for big-ticket items, ideas for family involvement, and connections to early childhood learning standards. Chapters are divided by nature topic, so readers can dip in right away where they want to start exploring.

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Nurture Through Nature

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

This book explores the connection that very young children have to nature. Each chapter celebrates a natural element such as mud and details practical ideas for taking children under three outside to play.

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Oh Boy! Strategies for Teaching Boys in Early Childhood

Oh Boy! suggests that many of the struggles young boys have in our early childhood programs and schools are not simply a result of bad behavior. Rather, boys struggle because of a much more fundamental problem: a mismatch between how most young boys develop, grow, and learn, and the kinds of expectations, outcomes, activities, and discipline approaches used in programs during the early years. "I think a radical change is needed in order to fully meet the needs of young boys. A place to start is recognizing that typical boy behaviors like lack of attention, risk taking, poor emotional regulation, full body movement, and messy exploration of the physical world, are the norm, and not the exception. This book hopes to aid programs as they begin to acknowledge and celebrate this norm." – Francis Wardle "This is not just a book, it's a story…a story of hope for young boys attending childcare in any type of setting. It's a story that sends a message to our industry that we need a paradigm shift—to our thinking, our training, and our hiring—to recognize the gender imbalance that is putting young boys at great risk of failure. It's a story that urges us as a field to better understand the specific complexities of caring for young boys so that we may fulfill our ultimate promise to provide the highest quality of care possible to all children." – Jerry Parr, President/CEO Willow Tree Early Education Team

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Outdoor Learning Cards Portable Ideas - Wood Whittling

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

A pocket full of ideas that build on the fascinations of children – practical and portable, these cards are designed to share the possibilities of playing outside in Nature. Use to stimulate curiosity and engage children through rich learning opportunities inside, outside and beyond.

We see whittling as an activity that allows children freedom, flexibility and a chance for a lot of personal space to connect with their sense of self and their natural environment. Whittling is an activity used on a regular basis in our Nature Kindergartens and during our work with teachers. When we introduce whittling to a group, we find that the engagement and wellbeing levels of the individuals generally increases and that the sensitivity to both the environment and peers increases.

42 cards - image on one side, text on the other.

Example ideas:
Make a home for fairies and elves
Whittle a marshmallow stick
Make a woven ball
Make a sun dial
Make a picture frame

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Planning for Learning in the EYLF: ICT

Author(s): Bridie Raban, Kay Margetts, Rachel Lindfield, Debra Maltas (click on the author's name for more titles)

Activities involving ICT designed to get children thinking and playing creatively while supporting their progress towards the EYLF learning outcomes.

These ideas help educators to easily shape weekly plans and involve parents in the chosen topic. Educators are encouraged to dip into the activities, choosing those that best meet the characteristics of each child and the families they are working with, and balancing these activities with those initiated by children themselves.

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Planning for Play, Observation, and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten

Author(s): Gaye Gronlund (click on the author's name for more titles)

Play is an important vehicle for learning in the early years. With intentional planning frameworks, Planning for Play, Observation, and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten provides tools and strategies to organize and develop curriculum around high-level, purposeful play. Practical application techniques help you create a cycle of planning and observation as they use a play-based curriculum to help young children thrive in your classroom.

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Play's the Thing, The Second Edition
Teachers' Roles in Children's Play

Author(s): Elizabeth Jones (click on the author's name for more titles)

This classic textbook and popular practitioner resource offers systematic descriptions and analyses of the different roles a teacher adopts to support play, including those of stage manager, mediator, player, scribe, assessor, communicator, and planner. This new edition has been expanded to include significant developments in the broadening landscape of early learning and care, such as assessment, diversity and culture, intentional teaching, inquiry, and the construction of knowledge.

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Play: A Beginnings Workshop Book

Author(s): Bonnie Neugebauer (click on the author's name for more titles)

The sixth book in this excellent series of compilations of articles from Exchange magazine, Play covers articles relating to the value of play, block play, make-believe play, play and culture environment and training teachers to be playful. Each one of these books is a comprehensive collection offering in-depth coverage on specific topics and is written by well known international educators including Australians.

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Play: The Pathway from Theory to Practice

Author(s): Deborah Hewitt, Sandra Heidemann (click on the author's name for more titles)

Play: The Pathway from Theory to Practice contains practical suggestions and theoretical information for helping children thrive with play-based learning. Chapters include an explanation of the functional Play Checklist to help you observe children's emerging skills and pinpoint areas for improvement, instructions for writing specific and attainable goals for children, and case studies from real classrooms.

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