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  1. Thinking Critically About Environments for Young Children: Bridging Theory and Practice

    This comprehensive book will help early childhood practitioners consider the 'why' and 'how' of setting up classrooms and other learning spaces to create environments that are most conducive to child development. Using a practice-based focus and a researcher lens, the contributors consider the ways in which environments for children enhance or diminish educational experiences, how social constructs about what is good for children influence environmental design and what practitioners can do in their own work when creating learning environments for young children. Included are examples from practice, lessons learned, and illustrations and photographs of key aspects of the environments they discuss.

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    A$54.95
  2. Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century

    Today's Foundation Year teachers face enormous challenges to reach region-mandated academic standards. This book presents a model for 21st-century Foundation Year classrooms that is rooted in child-centred learning and also shaped by the needs and goals of the present day. Classroom teachers working with diverse populations of students and focusing on issues of social justice provide vivid descriptions of classroom life across urban and rural communities. Teacher reflections and commentary from the editors link teacher decisions to principles of good practice.

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    A$39.95
  3. Healthy Learners: A Whole Child Approach to Reducing Disparities in Early Education

    The early childhood field has long understood that targeting the intersection of health and learning is integral to serving children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Yet this developmentally informed educational philosophy has been jeopardised by an increased emphasis on standards-based accountability. In this book, the authors explain why healthy learning is good for children, schools and society and they suggest concrete ways to make it happen. Moving back and forth between statistics and the intimate voices of parents, teachers and service providers in a large urban school district, they formulate an action plan for educating the whole child and reducing educational inequities.

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    A$49.95
  4. Ready to Learn: Using Play to Build Literacy Skills in Young Learners

    This timely book explores innovative ways teachers can use play-based activities to build a strong literacy foundation for young learners. It shows teachers how to reconcile the early childhood knowledge that children bring to school with the needs of a more formal education experience. Ready to Learn is committed to creating classrooms that feature collaborative learning spaces where children work with their peers, assume roles and viewpoints, and communicate naturally with each other. The social and shard interaction of learning through play is what informs the literate lives of children. Ready to Learn shows new and experienced teachers how play-based problem solving can give children the best start possible in their school lives.

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    A$29.95
  5. Journey to Literacy: No Worksheets Required

    Journey to Literacy offers Foundation Year teachers proven strategies for creating classrooms where children are actively engaged learners that thrive. The play-based learning and individualised strategies in this practical book build on the early literacy experiences that have been part of a child's home like. Journey to Literacy argues that teachers need to engage children in their own learning and give them opportunities to pursue their own interests and investigations. It encourages teachers to observe, respond and capitalise on children's interests in individual, small-group and large-group sessions. Based on extensive work with young children, this highly readable book is full of innovative ways teachers can provide support, enrichment and positive feedback.

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    A$29.95
  6. The New Early Childhood Professional: A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Goliath

    For today's early childhood educator, change is a non-negotiable reality. While the size, force and direction of change can often seem overwhelming, this book shows the way toward overcoming these gigantic odds or 'Goliaths'. The New Early Childhood Professional presents some of the heroic experiences and strategic approaches used by early childhood educators (participants in the CAYL Institute Fellowship programs) to deal with change. The authors share a specific framework with concrete steps to help educators become positive change-makers in the field of early care and education.

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    A$39.95
  7. ECERS-E: The Four Curricular Subscales Extension to the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R), 4th Edition

    ECERS-E (to be used with the ECERS-R) extends the scales to provide additional insights into important aspects of literacy, mathematics, science and environment, and practices related to issues of diversity. The curriculum domains bear important relationships to cognitive and social/behavioural developmental outcomes. Learn More

    A$29.95
  8. Early Childhood Education for a New Era: Leading for Our Profession

    In her provocative new book, Stacie Goffin presents a leadership manifesto to the field of early childhood education: It should step forward as an agent for change by assuming responsibility for the competent practice of its practitioners and for facilitating positive results for children and their learning. As a field of practice, ECE should formally organise as a profession to realise consistency in practice across sites and program types. Goffin challenges the field to develop field-wide leadership and diminish its reliance on public policy for defining its purpose and structure.

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    A$27.95
  9. Seen and Heard: Children's Rights in Early Childhood Education

    Seen and Heard summarises research and theory pertaining to young children's rights, and offers strategies educators can use to ensure the inclusion of children's perspectives in everyday decisions. The authors' work is based on three essential ideas: 1) the 'one hundred languages' children use for exploring, discovering, constructing, representing and conveying their ideas; 2) the 'pedagogy of listening', in which children and adults carefully attend to the world and to one another; 3) the notion that all children have the right to participate in the communities in which they reside.

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    A$27.95
  10. Everyday Artists: Inquiry and Creativity in the Early Childhood Classroom

    For the young child, art is a way of solving problems, conceptualising the world and creating new possibilities. This book is about young children engaging in the art of world-making. Art, not in the traditional sense, but rather as constituting a powerful tool of everyday thinking. Everyday Artists addresses the disconnect that exists between the teaching of art and the way young children actually experience art. In doing so, this book questions commonly held notions and opens up exciting new possibilities for art education in the early childhood classroom. Bentley uses vignettes of children's everyday activities - from block building to clean-up to outdoor play - to help teachers identify and scaffold the genuine artistic practice of young children.

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    A$37.95
  11. Literacy Playshop: New Literacies, Popular Media, and Play in the Early Childhood Classroom

    The Literacy Playshop curriculum engages children in creating their own multimedia productions, positioning them as media makers rather than passive recipients of media messages. The goal is to teach young children to critically interpret the daily messages they receive in popular entertainment that increasingly blur toys, stories and advertising. The first half of this practical resource features case studies that show how six early childhood teachers working together in teacher study groups developed and implemented play-based literacy learning and media production. The second half of the book provides a Literacy Playshop framework with professional development and classroom activities, discussion questions and Technology Try-It sections.

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    A$37.95
  12. Autism: Classroom Success with ABA

    This guide provides information on using principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) to teach students who have autism spectrum disorder. It looks at the ABA process, from identifying and defining behaviours, to setting behaviour goals, to developing targeted interventions based on principles of learning (especially reinforcement), to collecting data, monitoring progress, evaluating the effectiveness of interventions and making modifications as needed. Clear descriptions of essential concepts are provided, such as motivation, pairing, shaping, modelling, chaining and differential reinforcement, among others.

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    A$12.95

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