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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


June 2006 | 224 pages | Corwin
'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

Many excellent teachers find themselves bewildered when teaching three- to six-year-olds, especially if their professional preparation was focused on primary. 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 centres.

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 modelling, purposeful interactions, and conversations.

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

o Setting up and managing an ABC centre to develop children's understanding of the alphabetic principle

o Setting up and managing a computer centre to bring new technology into the classroom and extend literacy skills

o Involving parents and families inside and outside the classroom

o 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-centred classroom.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
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
 
Resources
 
Index

The second edition of Teaching Young Children takes an already valuable book and moves it up solidly to the next level. Aimed at new preschool and kindergarten teachers, this pragmatic, nuts-and-bolts guide articulately backs up practice with solid theory. I’m equally certain that experienced teachers will peruse it and murmur, 'Oh, if only I had such a book when I was starting out.'

Larry Garf, Instructor
Pacific Oaks College

"Dianne Miller Nielsen's indispensible 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 others things!), the book will help new teachers get started and veteran teachers improve what they're already doing."

Sharon MacDonald, Education Consultant
San Antonio, TX
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

 


Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 5


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