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PRESCHOOL APPROPRIATE PRACTICES, 4th Edition uses the creative approach--letting the learning environment do the teaching--and speaks to college students as well as teachers in the field with practical applications based on current research. Each chapter is based on one of the learning centers in a preschool classroom, allowing readers to learn how to set up these centers in a self-directed environment. This approach encourages children ages 3 to 5 to become deeply involved in their own learning. A second important theme, let the teacher be a facilitator of learning, assists readers in their understanding of: 1) how to observe children's developmental levels, 2) what developmentally appropriate activities to provide, 3) how to serve as a behavior model in these centers, and 4) how best to support children in their learning. Readers learn how to determine children's developmental levels of manipulation, mastery, and meaning by observing their interactions with materials and one another. These activities integrate with the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) developmentally appropriate practice (DAP), a nationally recommended set of early childhood practices. This edition incorporates stronger standards integration, more material on diversity, and new videos. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

Janice J. Beaty, Elmira College

Janice Beaty, Ph.D., is a Professor Emerita at Elmira College and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in education. She has been named to the Who's Who of American Women 2015 and Who's Who in American Education 2015. Dr. Beaty has authored several publications in early childhood education and recently published a series of children's books set in the national parks (such as "Jarod and the Mystery of the Joshua Trees"). Her strengths lie in ideas gained from her travels, which include visits to early childhood programs in China, Russia, Poland, Bermuda, Guam, and the United States. Dr. Beaty was also involved in developing the Child Development Associate (CDA) program and in offering training workshops for CDA advisors in Elmira, New York, Columbia, South Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, and Orlando, Florida.
  • A new chapter on the Listening Center (not found in many curriculum guides) includes current information on phonological awareness, sound-play books, sound-play word games, puppets, and use of technology.
  • New topics with particular relevance in the preschool environment include powerful interactions, bullying, artists, sculpture, beauty of children, and an extensive discussion of documentation.
  • Increased coverage of DAP and NAEYC Teacher Prep standards includes a convenient correlation chart on the book's inside front cover that references relevant content in the text. In addition, content related to 45 NAEYC curriculum standards is identified with marginal icons in appropriate locations throughout the chapters; marginal notations include a discussion question that focuses students' attention on how to meet each standard.
  • NEW coverage of the joint position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College, "Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8"
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  • New TeachSource videos, introduced in the text and viewable online at the Early Childhood Education Media Library, illustrate the content and give students a picture of actual teaching situations and challenges.
  • Downloadable, editable forms, which can be customized according to each teacher's needs, are accessible on the Companion Website.
  • Increased coverage of diversity includes new discussions of English language learners, linguistic diversity at home and at school, and diversity of cultural background.
  • A new four-color design featuring an increased number of photos makes the book both easier to use and more appealing.
  • Many chapter activities reflect current research that supports the learning method.
  • Topics include: brain research; bi-lingual children; emergent literacy; high-level thinking; children with physical, mental or emotional disabilities; converting conflicts; beauty in the classroom; emergent curriculum; play as learning; Vygotsky; sand/water play; woodworking; healthy foods; obesity; and computers, technology, and e-learning.
  • A Child Interaction Form for observing, recording, and interpreting children's interactions facilitates teaching.
  • Emphasis on promoting children's social, physical, cognitive, language, creative, and emotional development helps teachers to choose appropriate materials and activities.
  • Examples for interacting with specific populations help teachers effectively and sensitively address the ever-changing face of diversity in the classroom.
  • Ideas and activities to address specific development issues are highlighted in each chapter and listed at the end of the chapter as a quick reference for teachers.
  • The book serves as a useful and practical resource for teachers at every professional level, encouraging readers to understand their role in the classroom and how to motivate children's self-directed learning.
  • The most recent children's picture books are featured as a lead-in to activities to allow teachers to communicate with children more effectively.
1. The Self-Directed Learning Environment
2. The Teacher's Role
3. Block Center
4. Dramatic Play Center
5. Books/Reading Center
6. Computer Center
7. Listening Center
8. Writing Center
9. Art Center
10. Music/Dance Center
11. Large Motor Center
12. Manipulative/Math Center
13. Science Center
14. Curriculum Planning

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"I really like her writing style--it's very personal and inviting. It really helps the readers put themselves in the place of the children rather than viewing the classroom environment from teachers' points of view. The author asks lots of questions, which help the readers reflect upon our experiences as pre- or in-service teachers and our interactions with children. I think this book is written in a way that is easy to read with lots of practical information and visual images."