Teaching Young Children: An Introduction (with MyEducationLab)

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This engagingly interactive and easy-to-read book outlines how to deliver quality early education and care through its focus on curriculum. Full-color throughout, this edition's features include more concrete applications in the book-and on the website.The author weaves five essential elements of effective early childhood education throughout the book: understanding development, play, guidance, working with families, and diversity. The book provides an overview of the planning, preparation, and delivery of a curriculum for young children, one that's built around six specific curriculum/content areas (physical development, emotional and social development; mathematics, science, and social studies; language and literacy, technology, creative arts, etc.), each explored in its own chapter. The author stresses the importance of play and the need to nurture each child's natural affinity for learning through experimentation and exploration. Separate chapters on the importance of the outdoor environment and the effect of technology on early childhood education help to complete this well-rounded presentation.For pre-service teachers; covers infancy through 3rd grade.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Field
Overview of the Profession
Essentials of Early Childhood Education
The Scope of Early Childhood Education
Funding: Who Pays for Early Education
Teaching Young Children
Professional Preparation of Early Childhood Caregivers
Resources for Professional Development
Historical Contexts
Historical Figures Influencing Early Childhood Education
Events Influencing Early Childhood Education
Types of Programs
The Montessori Program
The High/Scope Curriculum
The Behaviorist Approach
The Bank Street Model
The Reggio Emilia Program
Understanding How a Child Develops and Learns
The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom
Key Perspectives on Learning and Development
Children: Developmental Similarities and Differences
Learning About Children
Play in Childhood
Defining Play
Why Children Play: Theories
Cognitive Play Types
Social Play Types
Benefits of Play
Facilitating Childhood Play
Guiding Young Children
What Is Guidance?
Recognizing Feelings and Understanding Emotions
Guidance Strategies
Guiding Routines
Guiding Social Interactions
Group Guidance
Guidance for Children with Special Needs
Working with Parents, Families, and Communities
Family Life Today
Is Involvement Worth the Effort?
Building Strong Two-Way Relationships
Effective Communication Methods
Factors Influencing Quality Involvement
Parent-Teacher Conflicts
Families of Children with Special Needs
Connecting with the Community
Diversity and Young Children
Diversity as an Essential Element
Attitudes Toward Diversity
Encouraging an Acceptance of Diversity
Inappropriate Responses to Diversity
Integrating Diversity Throughout the Curriculum
English Language Learners
Individuals with Special Needs
Issues of Gender Equity
Working with Families and the Community
Organizing for Instruction
Planning the Physical Environment: Indoors
Planning Guidelines
The Centers-Based Classroom
Age-Related Considerations
Selecting Equipment and Materials
Creating an Inclusive Environment
Changing the Physical Environment
Health and Safety Issues
Planning the Physical Environment: Outdoors
Importance of Outdoor Play
Planning Guidelines
Outdoor Play Areas
Developmental Considerations
Selecting Equipment and Materials
Planning for Change in the Outdoor Environment
Heath and Safety on the Playground
Family and Community Involvement
Committing to the Outdoor Environment
Activity Planning and Assessment
Creating a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
The Integrated Curriculum
The Project Approach
Scheduling Issues
Involving Families
The Curriculum
Enhancing Physical Development
The Importance of Motor Skills
Foundation for Physical Fitness
The Components of Physical Development
Teaching Physical Development
Enhancing Physical Development Indoors
Enhancing Physical Development Outdoors
Teaching Children to Care for Their Bodies
Working with Parents and Families
Supporting Emotional and Social Development
Helping Children with Emotional Development
Materials and Activities for Emotional Development
Toward Social Competence
The Social Development Curriculum
Stress as a Factor in Social and Emotional Development
Teachers' and Caregivers' Personal Development
Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Learning
Goals of the Cognitive Curriculum
The Constructivist Approach
Mathematics and Young Children
Science Learning
Young Children and Social Studies
Integrating Cognitive Learning Throughout the Curriculum
Familial Roles in Cognitive Development
Language and Literacy Learning
Language Learning
Literacy Learning
Encouraging Family Involvement
Using the Creative Arts to Support Development and Learning
What Is Creativity?
The Young Artist
Music and the Young Child
Activities in Art and Music
Creative Dramatics
Using Technology to Support Development and Learning
Television and Young Children
The Video Game Dilemma
Can Computers Be Used in Developmentally Appropriate Ways?
Selecting Computers and Software Programs
Families and Technology
Author Index
Subject Index
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