Play, Projects, and Preschool Standards Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning

ISBN-10: 1412928028
ISBN-13: 9781412928021
Edition: 2007
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Description: This research-based resource from two educators leading the effort to develop their own state's standards links sample early learning standards for children ages 3-5 with numerous ideas for creating joyful, playful educational experiences.

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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 11/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

This research-based resource from two educators leading the effort to develop their own state's standards links sample early learning standards for children ages 3-5 with numerous ideas for creating joyful, playful educational experiences.

Gera Jacobs is a professor of early childhood education and taught kindergarten, preschool, and the elementary grades for many years. She has published articles in a number of national and regional journals and produced a CD-ROM on inclusion for young children with special needs. She has presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences, and has conducted many inservice presentations for teachers. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Governing Board and served on the NAEYC Affiliate Council. The Carnegie Corporation named her the South Dakota Professor of the Year in 2002. She was chairperson of the South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines Panel, responsible for writing the preschool standards for South Dakota.Jacobs and her coauthor Kathy Crowleynbsp;have helped to organize an annual statewide kindergarten academy for many years in South Dakota and have presented at kindergarten institutes in other states. They are the coauthors of Play, Projects, and Preschool Standards: Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning, published by Corwin Press and winner of a 2008 Teachers' Choice Award, sponsored by Learning Magazine, and a 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Their collaboration began many years ago as team-teachers in a kindergarten classroom.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Addressing Preschool Standards in Developmentally Appropriate Ways
Defining the Standards
Meeting the Needs of All Children
Addresssing Standards Through Engaging Experiences and Activities
Assessing Progress Toward Meeting the Standards
Summary
Designing the Environment With the Child in Mind
Creating a Welcoming Environment
Building Relationships
The Power of Choice
Arranging the Room for Exploration and Learning
Materials for Creating Engaging Interest Areas
Scheduling the Day for Play and Learning
Summary
Developing Positive Approaches to Learning and Social-Emotional Development
Developing Curiosity and Eagerness; Initiative and Persistence; Problem Solving and Reflection; Invention and Imagination; Self-Concept and Self-Confidence; Regulating Emotions; Respect and Appreciation; and Pro-Social Behaviors and Cooperation
Sample Early Learning Guidelines for Approaches to Learning
Sample Early Learning Guidelines for Social-Emotional Development
Developing Positive Approaches to Learning and Social-Emotional Development Through Projects
Designing the Environment
Addressing Standards Through Engaging Experiences and Activities
Supporting Children Who Are Bilingual Learners
Working With Children's Individual Needs
Summary
Exploring the World Through Science
Sample Early Learning Guidelines for Science
Science as Inquiry; Physical Science; Life Science; Earth and Space Science; Science and Technology; Science, Environment, and Society
Exploring the World and Science Through Projects
Designing the Environment
Addressing Standards Through Engaging Experiences and Activities
Supporting Children Who Are Bilingual Learners
Working With Children's Individual Needs
Summary
Learning About Our Community Through Social Studies
Families/Cultures; Community/Civics; History/Time; Geography/Places, People, and Environments; and Economics
Sample Early Learning Guidelines for Social Studies
Learning About Our Community and Social Studies Through Projects
Designing the Environment
Addressing Standards Through Engaging Experiences and Activities
Supporting Children Who Are Bilingual Learners
Working With Children's Individual Needs
Summary
Engaging Children in Meaningful Literacy
Reading; Writing; Listening and Phonological Awareness; Speaking/Communicating and Oral Language Development; and Learning New Languages
Sample Early Learning Guidelines for Language and Literacy
Engaging Children in Meaningful Literacy Through Projects
Designing the Environment
Addressing Standards Through Engaging Experiences and Activities
Supporting Children Who Are Bilingual Learners
Working With Children's Individual Needs
Summary
Making Mathematics Inviting
Number Sense and Operations; Shapes/Geometry; Measurement; Data Analysis and Probability; and Patterns/Algebra
Sample Early Learning Guidelines for for Mathematics
Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Projects
Designing the Environment
Addresssing Standards Through Engaging Experiences and Activities
Supporting Children Who Are Bilingual Learners
Working With Children's Individual Needs
Summary
Fostering Creativity Through the Arts
Visual Arts; Music; Creative Movement; and Dramatic Play
Sample Early Learning Guidelines for Creative Arts
Fostering Creativity in the Arts Through Projects
Designing the Environment
Addressing Standards Through Engaging Experience and Activities
Supporting Children Who Are Bilingual Learners
Working With Children's Individual Needs
Summary
Promoting Physical Development and Healthy Lifestyles
Gross Motor; Fine Motor; and Health and Safety
Sample Early Learning Guidelines for Physical Development and Health
Promoting Physcial Development and Healthy Lifestyles Through Projects
Designing the Environment
Addressing Standards Through Engaging Experiences and Activities
Supporting Children Who Are Bilingual Learners
Working With Children's Individual Needs
Summary
Putting It All Together
Addressing Standards in Developmentally Appropriate Ways
Addressing Standards and Benchmarks Through Projects, Studies, and Themes
Supporting the Transition to Kindergarten
Final Thoughts
Resources
Sample Signs for Interest Areas
Assessing Children's Progress Toward Standards
Sample Group Observation Tool for Language and Literacy
Sample Individual Child Observation Tool for Language and Literacy
Children's Books and Music
Resources for Teaching Bilingual Learners
Assessment Materials
Helpful Websites
References
For Further Reading
Index

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