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Art of Leadership: Cultivating Curriculum in Early Childhood Organizations

This comprehensive hands-on series of books examines every aspect of effective center management from A to Z. Offering the best advice and thinking from recognized experts on program administration, these books are designed to be comprehensive, hands-on training texts as well as ongoing reference tools for center administrators. The ideas presented are practical; the strategies are proven to work.

 A high quality curriculum is at the core of a high quality early childhood program. Cultivating Curriculum in Early Childhood Organizations provides practical, down-to-earth advice from leading experts on curriculum development. Content focuses on child development, curriculum principles, environmental design, and program evaluation.

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Baby Steps to STEM
Infant and Toddler Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Activities

Innately curious, infants and toddlers love to explore, investigate, and discover—making the earliest years a perfect time to begin teaching the foundations of STEM. This book explores what science, technology, engineering, and math education looks like for this age group, and why it is so vital for all children to develop STEM knowledge. Expand your understanding of STEM to lay the foundation for children to develop skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. This book supplies 60 play-based, developmentally appropriate activities for introducing STEM. All activities include extensions, inquiry questions, and tips on how to help parents strengthen children’s learning at home.

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Balancing Brain Stimulation for Preschoolers: Too Little? Too Much? Just Right! [cards]

Both over stimulation and under stimulation create stress in young developing brains. Balancing Brain Stimulation for Preschoolers packets are designed to give early childhood education professionals simple brain development insights and ideas that assist in keeping the brains of young children balanced. Balancing Brain Stimulation for Preschoolers offers suggestions for activities and interactions for a wide variety of situations throughout the day. They provide easy ways for caregivers to avoid either over stimulation or under stimulation of young children. Because stressed brains are not ready to learn creating balance leads to healthier brains and bodies and children that feel happier, calmer and ready to thrive. Ring Bound, 40 cards

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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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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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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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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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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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Learning Stories in Practice

Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee have often been asked for a follow-on practical companion to their seminal 2012 book Learning Stories; a complimentary book that provides practical advice for teachers who are embarking on a 'narrative assessments-for-learning' journey. After much anticipation that book is here at last! Packed with a wide range of full-colour examples of real life learning stories from all over the world this practical guide is influenced by their ongoing work with teachers across many countries and the thoughtful comments and questions that teachers have asked during conversations at conferences, lectures and professional development programmes. They have turned these conversations with teachers and students into key ideas, and a practical framework on how to initiate and create good learning stories and why they are valuable. They show you how to write stories that capture the magic and excitement of each young child's journey through the early years and how to develop a deep professional understanding of the learning that takes place during this special and influential time in their lives.

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Lisa Murphy on Being Child Centred

Lisa Murphy on Being Child Centered provides an in-depth exploration of the author’s approach to working with children. Lisa Murphy outlines nine characteristics programs need to build an environment that’s child-centered, where play, developmentally appropriate practice, and academic standards all come together under one roof. Nine characteristics of a child-centered environment: Children are provided long periods of uninterrupted free time to explore their environment Children are provided lots of time outdoors Children are able to explore the environment with few restrictions Adults control the environment, not the children Adults serve as facilitators within the space Adults articulate the intention behind their words and actions Adults are familiar with current research and the key contributions of historical child development theorists The presence of adults who are aware of the importance of keeping it real Children are provided time and opportunity to create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read, and play every day Using true-to-life examples, anecdotes, and Lisa Murphy's signature conversational style, this book presents and explores the true identifying characteristics of a hands-on, play-based, child-centered environment.

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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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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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Programme Planning for Infants and Toddlers 3rd edition
In search of relationships

Author(s): Margaret Sims, Teresa Hutchins (click on the author's name for more titles)

Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers: In Search of Relationships is designed as a resource for students and caregivers of infants and toddlers in group settings. It supports the curricula of both New Zealand — Te Whāriki, and Australia — Early Years Learning Framework, with particular reference to how these curricula relate to children three years and under.

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Programme Planning for Infants and Toddlers 3rd edn EBOOK
In search of relationships

Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers: In Search of Relationships is designed as a resource for students and caregivers of infants and toddlers in group settings. It supports the curricula of both New Zealand — Te Whāriki, and Australia — Early Years Learning Framework, with particular reference to how these curricula relate to children three years and under.

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RRP $62.97

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Routines and Transitions
A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals

Author(s): Nicole Malenfant (click on the author's name for more titles)

Routines and Transitions is a complete guide to help you turn the most common daily activities, such as hand washing, snack time, and naps, into nurturing learning experiences for children ages birth to five.

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