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3-2-1: Time for Parachute Fun

Author(s): Clare Beswick (click on the author's name for more titles)

Children love parachute play. They get the chance to move around, be silly, and have fun. But there's more to parachute play than games. The activities in 3-2-1: Time for Parachute Fun are sure to get kids laughing while they're learning to count, cooperate, follow directions, and move their bodies in new ways.

With activities that promote social and emotional growth, imaginative play, and listening and communication skills, this fantastic resource provides parents, teachers, and caregivers with plenty of ideas to get children moving and learning.

The book is divided into three parts:

• The Introduction offers safety tips, information on purchasing a parachute, and ideas for more fun ways to use parachutes.

• The chapter "Parachute Games—No Props Necessary" includes activities that only require a parachute, like The Parachute Pokey, Under the Big Top!, and In My Tent.

• The last chapter, "Playing Parachute Games with Props," is full of activities that use easy-to-find props, including: Into the Bucket You Go!, Matching Pairs, and All Dressed Up.

Each activity includes step-by-step instructions, and many also include ideas for expanding activities to support further learning. Children ages 3-10 will love these easy and fun activities.

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RRP $29.95

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Authentic Inclusions of Aboriginal Cultures - Book and CD

Author(s): Mary Jacobs , Les Bursill, Catherine Lee, Peter Morgan (click on the author's name for more titles)

Authentic Inclusions of Aboriginal Cultures was coauthored by Mary Jacobs Early Childhood Lecturer (TAFE), Les Bursill Aboriginal Knowledge Holder and Dharawal Elder, Catherine Lee Early Childhood Educator at The Point Preschool which has ‘a best practice’ reputation, and Peter Morgan Professional Musician and Educator.

'This book has developed in me an awareness of the need for our young children to have a shared knowledge of this rich and unique Aboriginal culture. Not through a puzzle or a book but through meaningful interactions with Elders, staff, families and community. Children will learn through interactive hands on exploration and investigation on a daily basis, with guidance and permission from Aboriginal Elders and knowledge holders'.

'I see this book as an invaluable resource, guiding educators, step by step, through each process of the journey which will both teach and inspire you to learn more'.
Susanne McGilivray- student now Educator

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RRP $35.00

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Beyond Behavior Management Second Edition
The Six Life Skills Children Need

Author(s): Jenna Bilmes (click on the author's name for more titles)

Developed and tested in the classroom, Beyond Behavior Management, Second Edition, is a strength-based approach to guiding and managing young children's behaviour by helping them build and use essential life skills—attachment, collaboration, self-regulation, adaptability, contribution, and belonging—into the daily life of the early childhood classroom.

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RRP $78.95

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Blueprint for Action (3rd edition)
Leading Your Team in Continuous Quality Improvement

Author(s): Paula Jorde Bloom (click on the author's name for more titles)

Blueprint for Action provides a framework for understanding the dynamics of organisational change in early care and education settings. It helps administrators move beyond a “quick fix” notion of center improvement by serving as a guide for organisational analysis and action. The book details a comprehensive method for assessing program strengths and areas in need of improvement. The heart of this approach is an individualised model of supervision and staff development. Woven throughout the text are numerous vignettes connecting the concepts to real-life situations experienced by early childhood administrators.

From the aspiring or new director to the most seasoned and experienced administrator, this book has something in it for everyone. Blueprint for Action is the most comprehensive book of its kind, providing both a theoretical rationale and practical suggestions for embedding continuous quality improvement into the fabric of organisational life. It includes 26 assessment tools and 12 worksheets that directors can adapt for use in their own programs.

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RRP $99.95

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Children's Rights Learning Book

Author(s): Deborah Harcourt (click on the author's name for more titles)

Children’s Rights Learning Book is the first book written by young children for young children and teachers about rights.

'… the need to take a more active stance on children’s participatory rights is particularly important when there are significant changes in early childhood education and care, including the implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework which seeks to embody these rights in educators’ daily practice'.

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RRP $18.95

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Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms
Designing and Implementing Child Centred Learning Environments

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

Filled with both simple and large-scale ideas, Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms provides support as you design and implement outdoor learning environments.  Chapters examine the role of the outdoor classroom, working with children outdoors, getting support from stakeholders, getting started, evaluating the outdoor environment, program and implementation strategies, and more.

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RRP $99.95

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Dancing With Reggio Emilia
Metaphors for Quality

Author(s): Stefania Giamminuti (click on the author's name for more titles)

This is a book about the philosophical basis of a mode of early, preschool education. But that philosophical basis is not only set forth abstractly but explicated concretely by well observed examples of the daily life of those preschools. I happen to be a cittadino honorario of Reggio Emilia. And I confess that I am further honoured by the appearance of Ms Giamminuti’s book. For it brings that city and its pedagogical efforts into a universal context that honors us all.
[from the Foreword] Jerome Bruner, University Professor, New York University, NYC (USA)

As I read this book, the story emerged of a special educational project, seen and narrated through the eyes of a researcher who has positioned herself as a listener and observer of daily events in the municipal infant–toddler centres and ‘schools of childhood’ of Reggio Emilia. Stefania has narrated the possible which this experience attempts to bear witness to, proposing education as a primary and inalienable right of all children throughout the world.
[from the Epilogue] Claudia Giudici, President, Preschools and Infant—toddler Centres — Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia

Your book stands out in that it gives a genuine feeling for the schools and the community while also speaking to the already published literature.
Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education (USA).

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RRP $114.95

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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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RRP $99.95

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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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Documentation and the Early Years Learning Framework
Researching in Reggio Emilia and Australia

Author(s): Jan Millikan, Stefania Giamminuti (click on the author's name for more titles)

This new title in our EYLF series links the EYLF and documentation. Drawing on research from both Reggio Emilia and Australia, the authors are well placed to offer these insights.

From the Foreword by Jennifer Sumsion:

Jan and Stefania have taken up the challenge of ensuring that belonging, being and becoming doesn’t descend into cliché. As they explain, they have written ‘with the aim of sparking enriched responses to belonging, being and becoming’. And indeed, they have succeeded beautifully in showing how the principles of the Reggio Emilia educational project in Northern Italy can map so effectively onto the principles of the EYLF.

But importantly, they also show how bringing Reggio Emilia principles into conversation with the EYLF can provoke new ways of thinking about the possibilities of the EYLF. By focusing particularly on documentation, they make a timely and valuable contribution. They challenge some of the many myths about documentation that have emerged and taken hold over recent years. They complicate every day understandings and push readers to think more deeply about the possibilities that this distinctive aspect of early childhood practice affords. But equally importantly, they discuss ethical issues and related concerns that have been raised about documentation.

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RRP $39.95

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Eight Essential Techniques for Teaching with Intention
What Makes Reggio and Other Inspired Approaches Effective

Author(s): Ann Lewin-Benham (click on the author's name for more titles)

In her latest book, bestselling author Ann Lewin-Benham describes eight techniques that foster intentional and reflective classroom practice. She presents over 70 novel exercises to help teachers learn to use body, face, hands, voice, eyes, and word choices to precisely convey meaning. Some exercises are for teachers to practice, while others build intention and reflection in children. Dozens of scenarios from typical classroom situations contrast unintentional and intentional teaching behaviors. A self-assessment enables teachers to measure how intentional and reflective they become as they learn to use the eight techniques. This lively and often humorous resource is a companion to Lewin-Benham's Twelve Best Practices for Early Childhood Education, which explains what to teach and why. This new book explains how to teach.

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RRP $87.95

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EYLF and NQS without Tears 2nd edition - Book + DVD

Author(s): Susie Rosback, Sarah Wilson (click on the author's name for more titles)

With much wider data from assessment rounds now available it is the perfect time to produce a revised edition. Major changes are in the section on assessment and rating which now includes feedback from educators who have been through the process. Questions answered in the new edition include: • How did you prepare for assessment and rating? • How did you find the assessment and rating process? • What are you doing to continue in raising the standard at your service? The Quality Improvement Program section has been updated to better reflect the process of completing and updating a QIP. The revised edition is now in full colour so that photos, chapter trees and posters are more appealing, making the book easier for the visual learner to engage with its contents The new edition is also available packaged with a DVD which features Susie Rosback presenting a training session. Susie shares her journey, showing educators how they can use the book to help their service understand and meet the requirements of the EYLF and NQS, and providing practical guidance on preparing for the assessment and rating process.

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RRP $79.95

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EYLF and NQS without Tears 2nd edition - Book only

Author(s): Susie Rosback, Sarah Wilson (click on the author's name for more titles)

With much wider data from assessment rounds now available it is the perfect time to produce a revised edition. Major changes are in the section on assessment and rating which now includes feedback from educators who have been through the process. Questions answered in the new edition include: • How did you prepare for assessment and rating? • How did you find the assessment and rating process? • What are you doing to continue in raising the standard at your service? The Quality Improvement Program section has been updated to better reflect the process of completing and updating a QIP. The revised edition is now in full colour so that photos, chapter trees and posters are more appealing, making the book easier for the visual learner to engage with its contents.

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RRP $49.95

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Gardening with Young Children: Second Edition of Hollyhocks and Honeybees

Author(s): Sara Starbuck, Marla Olthof, Karen Midden (click on the author's name for more titles)

Gardens are where children's imaginations engage nature, and the result is joyful learning. Gardening helps children develop an appreciation for the natural world and build the foundation for environmental stewardship. This book is packed with information and inspiration to help you immerse children in gardening and outdoor learning experiences—green thumb or a perfect plot of land not required.

Learn how a gardening curriculum supports learning and development across all domains. You'll also find heaps of suggestions for planning, planting, and caring for a garden suited to your unique setting, such as container gardens, raised beds, in-ground gardens, gardens grown vertically on a wall or fence, and even rooftop gardens.

Cultivate children's wonder and appreciation for nature. This book provides:

• More than 60 hands-on learning activities for children of all ages to explore plants and garden creatures
• Vibrant photographs and classroom stories showcasing great programs from around the country
• New content reflecting childhood issues and gardening trends that have surfaced in recent years, including concerns that children are becoming alienated from nature, and that childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic
• Resources to help your garden flourish, seed and garden supply lists, information on poisonous plants, and books about gardens and garden creatures.

Age focus: 0-8.

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RRP $67.95

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In the Spirit of the Studio, Second Edition
Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia

Author(s): Charles Schwall, Lella Gandini, Louise Cadwell, Lynn Hill (click on the author's name for more titles)

This critically acclaimed, lavishly illustrated book will help educators create the highest quality learning opportunities for a new generation of children.

The Second Edition features substantial and important changes, including the addition of new chapters by pioneers of the work that happens in the atelier who draw on several decades of experience.

The atelier or studio is a key element of the renowned preschools and infant-toddler centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This beautiful, full-color resource explores how the experiences of children interacting with rich materials in the atelier affect an entire school’s approach to the construction and expression of thought and learning. The authors provide examples of projects and address practical aspects of the atelier, including organizing the environment and using materials. No other book presents a more thorough examination of the philosophy, practice, and essential influence of the Reggio-inspired studio.

Book Features:
• A comprehensive approach that addresses learning, collaboration, relationships, and community.
• The writing and practice of influential educators from Reggio Emilia, including a new chapter by Vea Vecchi.
• A window into many ateliers/studios within the United States that have created settings and experiences to suit their unique contexts.
• Updated conversations with the protagonists from Reggio Emilia as they speak about the history and evolution of the atelier.

Contributors: Pauline Baker, Barbara Burrington, George Forman, Susan Harris MacKay, Giovanni Piazza, Carlina Rinaldi, Lori Geismar Ryan, and Vea Vecchi.

“Brims with suggestions and examples of projects and testimonies, and should become a requirement for all graduate students entering the education field.”
— Journal of the Association for Childhood Education International

“Will help to promote a vibrant and creative approach to learning that will enrich American children’s educational experience.”
— Barbara and Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Lella Gandini is the Reggio Children U.S. liaison for dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Lynn Hill is an educational consultant. Louise Cadwell is co-founder of Cadwell Collaborative: Sustainability Education and School Design. Charles Schwall is pedagogical curator at The St. Michael School of Clayton in St. Louis.

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RRP $89.95

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