The Visionary Director: A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, & Improvising in Your Center

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Training Teachers: A Harvest of Theory and Practice

Puts some of the best ideas about teaching and learning into action with innovative training tools and strategies Helps teachers construct their own knowledge and respect their own learning styles so they can help children do the same Includes an eight week course on child centered curriculum planning


Spreading the News: Sharing the Stories of Early Childhood Education

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Learning Together with Young Children: A Curriculum Framework for Reflective Teachers

Offering an alternative approach to standardization and data driven mandates this book puts children at the center of planning your curriculum Rather than a prescriptive curriculum by using The Thinking Lens protocol teachers can translate educational theories into concrete ideas for working with children and families Learn to create a welcoming classroom culture develop routines for self regulation and use Learning Stories to enhance experiences for the children in your care br br This book has been updated to examine how to work with mandated curriculum rating scales and assessment tools while practicing reflective teaching br br b Margie Carter b holds a MA from Pacific Oaks College and has worked as a preschool kindergarten and primary school teacher curriculum developer High Scope trainer child care director and college instructor br br b Deb Curtis b holds a MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College and has worked as an infant toddler caregiver preschool and school age child care teacher CDA trainer Head Start education coordinator college instructor and assistant director of a child care program br br Carter and Curtis have published six books together including i Designs for Living and Learning i and i The Art of Awareness i


Designs for Living and Learning, Second Edition: Transforming Early Childhood Environments

This limited edition of the updated i Designs for Living and Learning i includes a special letter from the authors new photographs and reflective essays from Margie and Deb This keepsake is a wonderful addition to any early childhood professional s library This best selling book outlines hundreds of ways early childhood professionals can create inviting environments where children learn and grow


Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments

Give children wondrous places to learn and grow Drawing inspiration from a variety of approaches from Waldorf to Montessori to Reggio to Greenman Prescott and Olds the authors outline hundreds of ways to create healthy and inviting physical social and emotional environments for children in child care Full color photographs of actual early childhood programs demonstrate that the spaces children learn and grow in can be comfortable for children teachers and parents alike br br b Margie Carter b serves on the adjunct faculty at Pacific Oaks College Northwest Seattle Washington b Deb Curtis b works as a child care teacher at the Burlington Little School in Seattle Their other books include i The Art of Awareness The Visionary Director Training Teachers Spreading the News i and i Reflecting Children s Lives i


Learning Together with Young Children: A Curriculum Framework for Reflective Teachers

Many curriculum books treat teaching as something teachers do i to i or i for i children Deb Curtis and Margie Carter best selling authors in the early learning field believe teaching is a collaborative process in which teachers reexamine their own philosophies and practices while facilitating children s learning br br Each chapter in this curriculum framework includes a conceptual overview followed by classroom stories and photographs to illustrate the concepts br br The book helps teachers create materials and a classroom culture reflective of their values Teach through observation reflection inquiry and action and encourage children to represent their learning in multiple ways including songs stories and drama


Reflecting Children's Lives: A Handbook for Planning Your Child-Centered Curriculum

Make the complex task of creating a child centered curriculum easier with the practical guidelines and ideas in this updated and expanded handbook Learn how to sharpen your observation and documentation skills set up your space and transform your teaching to reflect children s interests and needs Insightful classroom stories assessment tools checklists comparative charts and activities encourage new approaches and self reflection as you plan your curriculum and put it into practice Addressing new standards in early education two new chapters focus on teaching academics in a meaningful way and guiding children as they play and learn i Reflecting Children s Lives i is your work in progress use it to record the development of your own thinking and practice br


The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching

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Designs for Living and Learning, Second Edition: Transforming Early Childhood Environments

You likely have dreams for your early childhood environment that are greater than rating scales regulations and room arrangements i Designs for Living and Learning i 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 br br 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 br br b Deb Curtis b and b Margie Carter b are internationally acclaimed experts in early childhood They host three day institutes and professional development seminars for early childhood professionals consult with early childhood programs across North America Australia and New Zealand and have written many books together br