Print Collection, Select Titles
Designing Spaces for Early Childhood Development by Jure Kotnik (Editor)
Call Number: LB 3325 .K5 D47 2016
Publication Date: 2018-02-13
Contemporary pedagogy suggests children's growth and development takes place through experiences. The task of the kindergarten designer and educator is to provide authentic, stimulating and meaningful environments, full of rich and active hands-on experiences that will facilitate each child's access to the natural or human worlds, until they have assimilated everything they need to thrive and grow. This book is intended to uncover the relationship between early childhood space design and childhood development through an exciting selection of kindergarten, childcare, and nursery (crèche) designs from around the world. As a standout, the work focuses on the details of indoor spaces and outdoor playgrounds. Each case includes highlighted commentary by the designer, explaining how their work helps children to shape their own personal curriculum. Case studies include interviews with architects that present valuable insights. Highly illustrated in full-colour throughout, this book hopes to spark the design inspirations of kindergarten architects and interior designers, as well as outdoor playground designers, on how to design children's education and care centres.
Lisa Murphy on Play by Lisa Murphy
Call Number: HQ 782 .M866 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
Discover why playing is school readiness with this updated guide. Timely research and new stories highlight how play is vital to the social, physical, cognitive, and spiritual development of children. Learn the seven meaningful experiences we should provide children with every day and why they are so important.
Loose Parts by Lisa Daly; Miriam Beloglovsky; Jenna Daly (Photographer)
Call Number: LB 1139.35 .P55 D35 2015
Publication Date: 2014-10-28
Winner of the 2015 Brain Child Award from Tillywig & Toy Media Awards Use loose parts to spark children's creativity and innovation Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Alluring and captivating, they capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and motivate learning. The hundreds of inspiring photographs showcase an array of loose parts in real early childhood settings. And the overviews of concepts children can learn when using loose parts provide the foundation for incorporating loose parts into your teaching to enhance play and empower children. The possibilities are truly endless.
Exploring Mathematics through Play in the Early Childhood Classroom by George Hillocks (Foreword by); Amy Noelle Parks; Beth Graue (Foreword by)
Call Number: QA 135.6 .P378 2015
Publication Date: 2014-11-01
This practical book provides pre- and inservice teachers with an understanding of how math can be learned through play. The author helps teachers to recognize the mathematical learning that occurs during play, to develop strategies for mathematizing that play, and to design formal lessons that make connections between mathematics and play. Common Core State Standards are addressed thorughout the text to demonstrate the ways in which play is critical to standards-based mathematics teaching, and to help teachers become more familiar with these standards. Classroom examples illustrate that, unlike most formal tasks, play offers children opportunities to solve nonroutine problems and to demonstrate a variety of mathematical ways of thinking, such as perseverence and attention to precision. This book will help put play back into the early childhood classrooms where it belongs. This book: makes explicit connections to play and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics; offers many examples of free play activities in which mathematics can be highlighted, as well as formal lessons that are inspired by play; and provides strategies for making assessments more playful, helping teachers meet increasing demands for assessment data while also reducing child stress.
Preschoolers and Kindergartners Moving and Learning by Rae Pica
Call Number: GV 452 .P5197 2014
Publication Date: 2014-04-08
A complete movement curriculum for preschoolers and kindergartners Give children opportunities to explore all kinds of movement, to find and use their own personal rhythms, and to feel good about participating in physical activity. This curriculum incorporates more than 80 developmentally appropriate movement activities designed to help preschoolers and kindergartners develop habits that encourage lifelong health and fitness and success in all areas of learning. Everything you need to get started is here, including: An introduction to implementing physical education into your curriculum An explanation of the ways creative movement supports children's physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and creative development Tips to create a positive learning environment, suggestions for adding equipment to activities, simple questions to evaluate whether or not the children are meeting the activity's objective, and information on how the activities meet early learning standards outlined by NAEYC and AAHPERD Twenty lesson plans with four 45-minute activities per plan--plus extensions and adaptations for children with special needs Curriculum Connectors that identify each activity's correlation with content learning areas A CD filled with original music to add joy and energy to the activities
Electronic Books, Select Titles
The Wiley Handbook of Early Childhood Development Programs, Practices, and Policies by Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal (Editor); Eric Dearing (Editor)
Call Number: E-BOOK
Publication Date: 2017-01-30
The first and only comprehensive review of current early childhood development theory, practices, policies, and the science behind them. This unique and important book provides a comprehensive overview of the current theory, practices, and policies in early childhood development within the contexts of family, school, and community, and society at large. Moreover, it synthesizes scientifically rigorous research from an array of disciplines in an effort to identify the most effective strategies for promoting early childhood development.
When Young Children Need Help by Deborah Hirschland
Call Number: E-BOOK
Publication Date: 2015-04-13
Learn how to reach children who need special help. Almost anyone who works with 3- to 6-year-olds knows what it feels like to spend time with youngsters who are particularly puzzling or hard to help. When Young Children Need Help examines how early childhood educators can make sense of what is going on for such children and then use that understanding to help promote growth and mastery. Written for child care center staff, family child care providers, preschool teachers, and pre-service teachers, this book can be useful to any adult who wants to learn more about reaching the most troubling children in his or her care. When Young Children Need Help provides a framework for understanding a range of emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges. It explores a process through which early childhood teachers and providers can translate their growing understanding of a child’s difficulties into sensible goals for intervention. The author lays out practical strategies that help kids connect and communicate with ease, focus their attention, manage their bodies and their feelings, engage in constructive problem-solving, and experience themselves as successful friends and learners. The book suggests approaches for collaborating with parents and other caregivers and emphasizes that even when a child needs outside services and supports, what goes on in school or care remains central to making progress. Ranging from the classroom to the playground and back again, When Young Children Need Help offers its perspectives and strategies through highly engaging stories that bring challenging kids alive in all their quirky uniqueness.