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Early Childhood Curriculum for All Learners
Integrating Play and Literacy Activities

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August 2014 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Early Childhood Curriculum for All Learners: Integrating Play and Literacy Activities is designed to teach early childhood professionals about the latest research on play and early literacy and then to show them practical methods for adapting this research to everyday classroom practices that will encourage the development of learning skills. The authors link solid, play-based research to specific developmentally appropriate practices. By combining these two areas, the text demonstrates that academic learning and play activities are highly compatible, and that children can and do develop academic skills through play. In addition, the text focuses on socio-dramatic play, a recently acknowledged, essential aspect of child-initiated play interactions. It provides specific strategies that link these interactive behaviors with the early academic skills needed for the initial primary grades. Implementation of the information presented in this book will enable children to experience a richer transition into primary education classrooms.

 
Section I: Introduction: Working with Early Learners
 
Chapter 1: The Need for Developmentally Appropriate Practices
 
Chapter 2: Learning Through Play
 
Chapter 3: Play and Pretending
 
Chapter 4: Language and Literacy Development
 
Chapter 5: Collaborating with Families and Professionals
 
Section II: Planning and Designing a Classroom for Learning Through Play
 
Chapter 6: Planning for Effective Learning
 
Chapter 7: Designing High-Quality Centers for Learning
 
Chapter 8: Strategies for Guided Play and High-Quality Learning Activities
 
Chapter 9: Observing and Assessing to Promote Learning
 
Section III: Integrating Play Activities Across the Curriculum
 
Chapter 10: Integrating Literacy Skills into the Play Centers
 
Chapter 11: Implementing Play Activities in the Science Center
 
Chapter 12: Implementing Play Activities in the Mathematics Center
 
Chapter 13: Implementing Play Activities in the Social Studies and Book Center
 
Chapter 14: Implementing Play Activities in the Creative Arts Centers

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

The password-protected Instructor Resource Site includes the following:

·  A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.

·  A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.

·  Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

·  Carefully selected, web-based video resources feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.

·  Web resources are included for further research and insights.

Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Carefully selected, web-based video resources feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.

Some great ideas but more specific to an American audience

Mrs Nicola Stobbs
St John's Campus, University of Worcester
September 12, 2016

A good text for Level 3 students to develop their knowledge.

Miss KATY MEREDITH
CARE DEPARTMENT, COLEG Y CYMOEDD
June 12, 2015

This is a really excellent textbook detailing key theorists and research to provide comprehensive and accessible texts for tutors and students and will be very useful for the new level 3 diploma.

Mrs Liz Tomlin
Early years, Adult Education Centre
January 12, 2015

This is a really excellent textbook that synthesises key theorists and research to provide a comprehensive and accessible texts for tutors and students. The book examines current issues and perspectives in early childhood education, I strongly recommend this text and will be identifying it as a key text for my next intake.

Miss Catherine Farnon
Faculty of Community Studies, Highlands College
November 15, 2014
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • A comprehensive, active learning approach integrates dynamic activities throughout each chapter to engage professionals in personal, real-world application of research and theory.
  • Chapter-opening play scenarios connect concepts to real-life occurrences to reinforce strategies presented in the coming chapter.
  • Learning objectives highlight important questions readers will be able to answer after reading the chapter.
  • Summaries and reflection questions at the end of each chapter help readers delve deeper into the chapter material, reflect upon and critically analyze the concepts and examples, and apply it all to real-world situations.
  • All core content areas meet national standards for curricular materials.
  • Coverage of cutting edge topics such as English Learners and Children with Special Needs address the needs of a growing diverse population being included in general education settings. 
  • Strong family and home connections show how learning extends to the home and provides realistic activities that engage all members of the family unit. 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 10


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