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Helpful Resources for Every Early Educator. Find book lists, author interviews, excerpts, and articles that connect theory and best practice in early childhood education.
About the Book: Early Childhood Director’s Guide to Solving Everyday Challenges
Early Childhood Program Directors have to wear many hats on any given day. Whether they're filling in for one of the toddler classrooms or they're having to do maintenance to repair something that has broken in the center, early childhood directors face a wide array of challenges. If you don’t have a clear handle on these, your day could be full of frustration.
In The Early Childhood Director’s Guide to Solving Everyday Challenges, author Thomasa Bond, EdD, seeks to alleviate these frustrations by sharing positive resolutions to real-world scenarios that have occurred at actual child care centers. Learn more about her new book below and how directors can avoid mistakes, oversights, and incidents by learning through others’ mistakes.
Self-Care Tips for Teachers: Taking Your Own Advice
Teachers are usually so focused on making sure the young children in their classrooms are physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy that this leaves little time to check in with their own physical, mental, and emotional state. While teachers are constantly advising children on how to regulate their emotions, they sometimes can forget to take their own advice! Cathryn O’Sullivan, EdM, author of School-to-Home Connections: Simple Strategies for Early Childhood Educators, shares quick self-care tips for teachers that they can do in their classrooms with their kiddos without having to think too deeply about implementation.
Why Nature Engagement Increases Quality of Life for Children of Differing Abilities
The belonging and connection found in nature is important for all children, but perhaps especially important for children of differing abilities. Ruth Wilson, PhD, author of Naturally Inclusive: Engaging Children of All Abilities Outdoors shares why nature serves as a strong contributor to quality of life for children of differing abilities.
Rituals to Ease Transitions for Young Children
Dr. Sandra Duncan, coauthor of Inspiring Spaces for Young Children and author of Through a Child’s Eyes: How Classroom Design Inspires Learning and Wonder, discusses three ritual-related activities that can aid children in their transition back into the classroom. When returning to the classroom from an extended holiday break, many children can experience a feeling of disruption and displacement. Rituals and recurring activities can help children gain a sense of stability and predictability, ultimately making their transitions back to school less stressful. Through Duncan’s recommended exercises, children can regain their sense of structure and belonging within the classroom.
Books to Enhance Your Classroom EnvironmentResearch has shown that the classroom environment has the power to maximize the learning...
Books to Strengthen & Energize Early Childhood ProgramsAfter the stresses and challenges of the past year, professional development is vital for early...
School Shootings and Other Emergencies: Practice Makes PreparedIn light of recent school tragedies, many parents, teachers, and administrators wonder how they...
Books to Kickstart Kindergarten Readiness for the Upcoming YearThe summer before your child goes to Kindergarten is often filled with excitement, anticipation,...
Books for Summer Learning Through PlayWhat is one of the best ways for children to accelerate learning over the summer? Through PLAY!...
Books for Active Learning OutdoorsCountless adventures and active learning opportunities await outside! This list of books below...
Books for Creating Mindful, Nurturing, & Peaceful Learning EnvironmentsIn an increasingly busy, stimulating, and technological world, it is imperative that parents and...
How Learning Centers Naturally Inspire Learning Through PlayPublic pre-k programs continue to face the pressure of “push down academics” and an increase in...
Books to Get the Most Out of Play in Your ClassroomPlay is foundational to children's learning and development. It comes in many forms: object play,...
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