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Are These Your Glasses?

Author(s): Gavin McCormack (click on the author's name for more titles)

Are These Your Glasses? tells the tale of, Sergio, a lonely penguin who is faced with many hurdles as he grows up. Sergio is a champion against bullying. With his father as a guide, he learns some valuable lessons.These lessons help him to show great determination and strength as he tries to find true friendship.

The book has been designed to inspire deep conversations within the classroom and home about what it feels like to be excluded. It explains how we can overcome bullying with care and love.

The story of Sergio has the potential to educate children on a variety of levels. It inspires deep conversations about what it feels like to be excluded from a group and teaches children that the gift of kindness is the greatest gift of all.

As Sergio embarks on his quest for love, the sky ‘Aurora Australis’ changes its colour depending on his emotional state. This should allow those children who find it difficult to express their emotions in words to relate to Sergio’s situation. The book has a strong moral focus with many fine details and inferential clues within the beautiful illustrations which can be great discussion starters with children. And to top it all off, it has a beautiful ending.

The book is supported by detailed guides for parents and educators to assist them to extend the learning with the children in their care.

About the author
Gavin McCormack is a primary school teacher based in Sydney Australia who wants to make a difference. As a child, he was bullied at school. The feeling of the bullying he faced stayed with him well into his adult life. After working with children for almost 20 years, he has seen patterns emerging, especially in those children who are socially excluded. He decided to write this book to eradicate social exclusion in primary schools and to educate young people about the long-term effects of bullying and exclusion.

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Connecting: Friendship in the Lives of Young Children

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

Connecting: Friendship in the Lives of Young Children looks at friendship as it develops in the context of early childhood programs, where people come together in unlimited combinations of age, experience, sex, culture, and background

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RRP $44.95

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Developmental Milestones of Young Children, Revised Edition

Author(s): Karen Petty (click on the author's name for more titles)

Understand the important indicators of development in children in five developmental domains: Physcial/motor, social/emotional, language, cognitive, and the recently added approaches to learning.

Developmental Milestones of Young Children will help you:
• Observe and document children's progress with proper technique
• Develop partnerships and communication with families
• Understand the most up-to-date developmental indicators

This handbook is not meant to be a diagnostic tool for children with developmental delays. Instead, it serves as a guide to the benchmarks of typical development for each age and stage that almost all children go through.

Maintain good documentation with the Developmental Milestones Observational Record, a tool that can be used with this book to add consistency and validity to children's records. The Observational Record can be downloaded in the Web Components tab. 

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RRP $47.95

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Education for a Civil Society
How Guidance Teaches Young Children Democratic Life Skills

Author(s): Dan Gartrell (click on the author's name for more titles)

This collection of essays argues that it matters that children gain, through teacher guidance, the social-emotional skills they need to succeed in and participate civilly in modern life.

Part One establishes historical roots for the type of education that prepares children for this participation.

Part Two makes the case that three best practices in early childhood education offer the approach to education for democracy that society needs.

Part Three provides anecdotes and case studies to illustrate how guidance fosters the development of the five democratic life skills.

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Fostering Children's Social Competence
The Teacher's Role

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

Drawing from research, observation and practice, the two authors offer principles and strategies to guide teachers in strengthening children's social competence. They identify common classroom practices that undermine children's social development, and they suggest methods that teachers will find more effective.

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RRP $37.95

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Kindness Curriculum, The
Introducing Young Children to Loving Values

Author(s): Judith Anne Rice (click on the author's name for more titles)

.The activities set out in this book help you to teach children about love, empathy, gentleness, respect, self-control, friendship, and conflict resolution in a fun and easy to implement manner.

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Liam’s Story: So why do I wear Dad’s medals?

Author(s): Marg Baber, Madeline Fussell, Kim Porter (click on the author's name for more titles)

Liam’s Story is a true story and the people in the pictures are the real characters in the story. Liam’s Story deals with the feelings experienced by one young boy, whose father was killed on active duty in a recent conflict, as he goes about his day on ANZAC Day. As well as exploring empathy and resilience in young readers, it explains a difficult concept such as war and the effect it has on children and families.

Liam’s Story: So why do I wear Dad’s medals? is also about ANZAC Day, yet it can be used as a resource all-year round when discussing issues of war and loss with children. The authors have included references to both Australia and New Zealand throughout. With the ANZAC centenary this year, the book should prove especially popular yet it is not tied to the centenary and so can be used as a classroom resource for years to come.

The book is designed to be read on three levels. If reading to a very young child, you can simply read the text in the yellow banner across the top of the page. If reading to a slightly older child, that yellow banner text flows into the text beneath it in the blue section of the page. The addition of the fact boxes make it an ideal learning resource as well as these link in with the early primary history and social sciences curriculum.

Extension activities and teaching notes will be available on our website as a resource for educators and families. Liam’s Story is based on research conducted by the authors through the University of New England.

‘We live in a world where the consequences of war are all around us; where families and children who have been traumatised by violence live in our street and attend our schools. As educators, parents, friends, community members we can support children and families; we can show that we acknowledge their experiences, empathise with their struggle and believe in their ability to stay strong and build happy lives despite the trauma. In a perfect world, children would never have to face the loss of a parent. In our less than perfect world, we need resources such as this book to make us aware, and to help us think what we might do to help make this world we live in a little better.’
Margaret Sims, Professor of Early Childhood, University of New England

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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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Me, You, Us
Social/Emotional Learning in Preschool

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

This book covers 11 separate topics of social/emotional learning from developing a positive self-identity to creating and participating in a democracy and offers numerous teaching strategies and suggestions for professional development.

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RRP $58.95

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Moral Classrooms, Moral Children - Second Edition
Creating a Constructivist Atmosphere in Early Education

Author(s): Rheta DeVries, Betty Zan (click on the author's name for more titles)

This classic bestseller, now updated for today’s diverse teaching force and student populations, explores the benefits of sociomoral practices in the classroom. The authors draw on recent research to show how these approaches work with children ages 2–8. They focus on how to establish and maintain a classroom environment that fosters children’s intellectual, social, moral, emotional, and personality development. Extending the work of Jean Piaget, the authors advocate for a cooperative approach that contrasts with the coercion and unnecessary control that can be seen in many classrooms serving young children. Practical chapters demonstrate how the constructivist approach can be embedded in a school program by focusing on specific classroom situations and activities, such as resolving conflict, group time, rule making, decision making and voting, social and moral discussions, cooperative alternatives to discipline, and activity time.

New for the Second Edition:
Updated examples reflecting the authors’ work with low-income children.
Coverage expanded to include 1st- and 2nd-grade classrooms.
New alternatives to discipline.
“Principles of Teaching” sections with many examples of classroom interactions.

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RRP $79.95

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My Mum Has Depression

Author(s): Nina Mitchell (click on the author's name for more titles)

The hero of this book is a little boy who tries hard to understand what his mum is going through.

He witnesses her mood swings from deep depression to high elation.

The highs and the lows are illustrated in full colour and in a caring way, appropriate for young children.

The poignant ending says it all: "My mum has depression but she is still my Mum."

Nina Mitchell is a mother of three boys and a primary school teacher. Nina has been treated for depression for several years. Her association with fellow sufferers has led her to conclude that most families and educators have difficulty explaining depression to the children in their care. This prompted Nina to write this illustrated children's book, My Mum has Depression.

Special offer on postage and handling for this title. Standard mail is only $5. The discount will be applied when your order is placed in the warehouse delivery system so you will see the discount applied on the invoice that is emailed to you when your book leaves the warehouse.

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RRP $16.50

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Seen & Heard
Children's Rights in Early Childhood Education

Author(s): Ellen Lynn Hall, Jennifer Kofkin Rudkin (click on the author's name for more titles)

Using examples from a Reggio Emilia inspired school in the USA with children from ages six weeks to six years, the authors emphasise the importance of children's rights and our responsibility as adults to hear their voices. It offers strategies educators can use to ensure the inclusion of children's perspectives in everyday decisions.

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Seven Skills For School Success
Activities to Develop Social and Emotional Intelligence in Young Children

Author(s): Pam Schiller (click on the author's name for more titles)

In Seven Skills for School Success author Pam Schiller provides information, activities and experiences that develop the seven skills children need in order to become successful learners.

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RRP $33.95

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Social & Emotional Development
Connecting Science and Practice in Early Childhood Settings

Author(s): Ann Ramminger, Dave Riley, Joan Klinkner (click on the author's name for more titles)

Social and Emotional Development examines what research says about common early childhood program practices, such as playing Simon Says or holding children while feeding them. It explores the effectiveness of these early learning tools and shows the link between the practice of early childhood education and the science of child development.

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Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure
50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children

Author(s): Nefertiti Bruce, Karen Cairone (click on the author's name for more titles)

Now more than ever, adults must help children develop the skills necessary to navigate through life successfully. By focusing on building social and emotional strength, we increase children’s resilience and prepare them to handle the challenges in life. The strategies and activities in Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure help children become socially and emotionally healthy for life. Organised into five chapters, the activities support and build resilience in children aged three to eight.

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