Children are spending less time being outside in nature, playing, imagining, and learning about their surroundings. Instead, they're spending more time with tablets, televisions, and overly structured routines. Preschool Beyond Walls shows practical and strategic ways educators can create rich, explorative, and interdisciplinary learning through extensive outdoor experiences.Learn how to develop and implement a nature-based curriculum to support children's optimal learning, from start to finish. Whether you're creating a new curriculum or transitioning from a traditional approach, you will learn how to: • Create a program philosophy• Infuse nature into all aspects of your program• Prepare teachers for a nature-centered approach• Implement curriculum and pedagogy that emphasize inquiry-based learning through play and hands-on discovery• Maintain high-quality early childhood practices that support children's development
Research has shown that preschool expulsion is not only harmful to young children, but young boys of color are more likely to be suspended or expelled than other children.Challenging behaviors can derail an early childhood classroom, and punishment and exclusion aren't the answer. Young children need support and instruction to help them learn how to cooperate, listen, share, interact positively with their peers and with adults. Where to start? Effective Discipline Policies will be your go-to resource.• Craft a developmentally appropriate, consistent, effective behavioral guidance policy• Create a system that supports young children's social-emotional competence• Provide a healthy environment in which young children can learn and grow• Improve the quality of teacher-child interactions
Resource books often provide tips and tricks for managing challenging behaviors, but what happens when those tactics don't work? Most teachers give up. Push Past It. brings a raw, real, and at times funny approach to handling challenging behaviors and understanding why most behavior-management strategies don't work. Author Angela Searcy shares real-world examples, proven solutions, and new approaches to overcoming classroom disruptions using her PUSH PAST IT approach. Beyond behavioral-management strategies, Push Past It. will teach you how to:• See children's behavior as communication• Understand what is (and is not) developmentally appropriate behavior• Identify when to seek support• Communicate and listen more effectively• Help children overcome their own challenging behaviors• Take care of yourself too.
Take a fresh approach to community service and giving back. Teaching young children to be socially conscious, community-oriented, and eager to volunteer seems like a daunting task, especially for busy families with children of varying ages. Simple Acts brings busy parents practical, easy-to-do ideas to involve the whole family in volunteering and helping others in the community.With step-by-step instructions, you'll learn:• The proven value of service in raising compassionate children• How to choose community-service options that are right for your family• Ideas for integrating volunteering and service into your already-busy schedule• Ways to help your children experience the deep satisfaction of helping othersFull of advice, tips, and real-life stories; this fun, easy-to-use guide helps parents and children of all ages incorporate hands-on community service experiences into their daily lives. You're never too young -or too old- to start giving back.
Parents are eager to help their children learn, but teaching young children complicated scientific and mathematical concepts can be intimidating. Simple STEAM helps parents realize they don't need to be engineers or scientists to support STEAM learning.• Help children explore STEAM concepts with fun and engaging activities• Discover STEAM learning opportunities in everyday activities and experiences• Prepare children for kindergarten• Build crucial 21st century learning skills, including collaboration, communication, creativity and problem solving, curiosity, and critical thinking• 152 pages