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Teaching Young Children, Preschool-K

A Guide to Planning Your Curriculum, Teaching Through Learning Centers, and Just About Everything Else
Second Edition
By: Dianne Miller Nielsen

Create an inviting, high-quality early childhood classroom!

This updated edition of a classic offers effective strategies for delivering developmentally appropriate curriculum that revolves around 18 learning centers. In addition to tips for classroom management and parent involvement, this must-have guide for new and veteran teachers of children ages 3-6 addresses the teacher's role in:

  • Facilitating and scaffolding learning
  • Observing children's work and play
  • Modeling social skills
  • Questioning for understanding, and more

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781412926737
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2006
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: June 14, 2006

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"This indispensable new edition is a must-have for every early childhood teacher. Explaining how to manage a classroom while encouraging children to make good choices and assume greater responsibility for managing their own behavior (among many other things!), the book will help new teachers get started and veteran teachers improve what they're already doing."
-Sharon MacDonald, Education Consultant

Create an inviting, high-quality early childhood classroom!

Many excellent teachers find themselves bewildered when teaching three- to six-year-olds, especially if their professional preparation was focused on the elementary grades. While they may recognize children's unique learning styles and special needs, they may not know how to handle noise, activity, and even messes in classrooms that revolve around hands-on learning centers.

In this updated edition of a classic, teacher trainer Dianne Miller Nielsen guides teachers through the basics, from lesson planning and developing daily schedules to arranging furniture and managing classroom activities. The book also offers suggestions to enhance learning through modeling, purposeful interactions, and conversations.

The variety of updated topics in Teaching Young Children, Second Edition include:

  • Setting up and managing an ABC center to develop children's understanding of the alphabetic principle
  • Setting up and managing a computer center to bring new technology into the classroom and extend literacy skills
  • Involving parents and families inside and outside the classroom
  • Sidebar teacher tips peppered throughout, from activities and ideas ("Try This") to important concepts to remember ("Keep in Mind")

This comprehensive handbook provides absolutely everything that preschool and kindergarten teachers need to create a high-quality, child-centered classroom!

Key features

  • Offers management ideas, teaching tips, and a maintenance checklist for every learning center
  • An entire chapter devoted to working with parents and families



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Dianne Miller Nielsen

Dianne Miller Nielsen has been an early childhood educator for more than 30 years. She currently owns an early childhood teacher training agency, Nielsen Training Services, Inc. This agency provides workshops, seminars, and courses for early childhood teachers and child care center directors, including training for the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. She is currently designated as a Master Trainer in the Texas Early Care and Education Trainer Registry. Dianne is also an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, having contributed to the journal Young Children, and continuing to serve as a validator for program accreditation. She recently completed her second term of office as Vice-President of the San Antonio chapter of NAEYC. Dianne speaks and keynotes at many national, state and local conferences, and currently provides consultation services for a number of early childhood programs.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author

Welcome to the Early Childhood Profession!

Part I. Early Childhood Education Goals, Roles, and Curriculum Planning

1. Goals of Early Childhood Education

2. The Teacher’s Role

3. Planning a Curriculum for Young Children

Part II. Teaching Through the Environment With Learning Centers

4. Art Center

5. Blocks Center

6. Dramatic Play Center

7. Literacy Centers

Puppet Center

Listening Center

Library Center

Writing Center

ABC Center

Computer Center

8. Math and Manipulatives Center

9. Science Center

10. Music Center

11. Cooking Center

12. Woodworking Center

13. Clay and Dough Center

14. Construction Center

15. Sensory Center

16. Outdoor Play Center

Part III. Just About Everything Else

17. Classroom Management, Schedules, and Routines

18. Special Events

19. Parent Involvement





Price: $39.95
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