Educating Young Children from Preschool through Primary Grades

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Catering to the first time teacher, the authors provide day to day challenges of what it means to teach young children in the classroom, while fostering a mentoring environment for pre-service teachers entering the field. Chapter 4 addresses children with special needs and commonly used modifications for each of the disabilities. A unique chapter on teaching fourth graders (chapter 10) has been included that may be covered or skipped, depending upon state requirements. Lesson planning is emphasized throughout and sample lesson plans and mini-lessons have been included for every grade level and subject area.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205366590
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/19/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter begins with “Chapter Overview” and concludes with “Summary,” “Discussion Questions,” and “Suggested Chapter Activities.”


1. Early Education's Roots And Heritage.

Historical Perspectives.

The Kindergarten Movement in America.

American Influences On The Kindergarten.

The Federal Government and Early Education.

Issues and Trends: No State Left Behind.

School Organizational Structures.

State Mandates.

State by State: Assessment.

Accountability In School Districts.

Early Childhood Education Defined.

Professional Issues in Early Education.

Issues Facing State Early Education Programs.

What Teachers Are Saying:Technology Applications.

Early Childhood Issues Facing School Districts.

Dimensions of Diversity: Demographics.

Early Education Works.

2. Influences On Contemporary Early Education.

Dimensions Of Diversity: Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

Major Philosophical Orientations.

Why Know about Theoretical Orientations?

Major Theorists.

State by State:California.

What Teachers Are Saying: Philosophical Orientations.

Issues and Trends: Alternative Certification.

Recognised Program Models.

Other Contemporary Influences.

3. Planning And Implementing Appropriate Curriculum For Young Children.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP).

Issues and Trends: Brain-Based Learning.

State by State: Planning.

Play Theories.

Dimensions of Diversity: Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

Promoting Play In Classroom Centers.

State by State: Planning.

Cycles Of Learning And Teaching.

What Teachers Are Saying: Planning for Children's Learning.

The Teaching Continuum.

Emergent Curriculum.

Lesson Planning.

Principles That Guide Effective Lesson Planning.

Thematic Units.

Project Studies.

Diversity And Curriculum Planning.

4. Teaching Children With Special Needs.

Major Laws Affecting Students with Disabilities.

Issues And Trends: Improving Education Results for Children with Disabilities Act of 2003.

The Referral Process.

The IEP Meeting.

Working with Parents.

The IEP.

Placement Options for Children with Disabilities.

What Teachers Are Saying: How Their Schools Handle Inclusion.

Federal Categories Of Disabilities and Some Common Classroom Accommodations and Modifications.

State by State: Assessment.

Children With Other Special Needs.

Dimensions of Diversity: Issues in Diversity.

Applying Accommodations and Modifications in a Real-World Scenario.

Collaborating With The Special Education Teacher.

5. Teaching In A PreKindergarten Classroom.

What PreKindergartners Are Expected To Learn.

PreKindergarten Schedule And Classroom Layout.

What Teachers Are Saying: Play.

Head Start Programs in Public Schools.

Bilingual Education and ESL Programs in Public Schools.

Issues and Trends: Bilingual Education.

The Issue Of Diversity.

Dimensions of Diversity: Guidelines Addressing Cultural Diversity.

Creating A Caring Community of Learners.

Other Emotional Issues PreKindergarten Children Face.

State by State: Guidelines for Social and Emotional Development.

Examples of a Few Classroom Problem Children.

Helping Children Express Themselves.

Reporting to Parents.

6. Teaching In A Kindergarten Classroom.

What Kindergartners are Expected To Learn.

Conceptual Development in the Early Years.

Importance Of Observing Children's Learning.

Are Children Learning?

Issues and Trends: English—Language Proficiency Assessments.

Stages Of Writing.

Classroom Layout.

Kindergarten Classroom Centers.

What Teachers Are Saying: English—Language Proficiency Assessments.

Issue Of Relevancy.

Schedule of the Day.

Helping Children Learn Classroom Routines and Responsibilities.

Planning for Group Times.

Learning About the Community.

Classroom Management in Kindergarten.

Dimensions of Diversity: Nondiscrimination Laws.

Working with Parents.

State by State: Kindergarten Mathematics Standards.

Issues Facing Kindergarten Teachers.

Issues and Trends: Readiness Testing.

7. Teaching In A First-Grade Classroom.

What First Graders are Expected to Learn.

Issues and Trends: Mentoring.

State by State: Nebraska's Mathematics Standards.

Organizing the Classroom.

Schedule of the Day.

The First Day of School.

The Major Emphasis in First-Grade Curriculum.

What Teachers Are Saying: Reading Instruction.

First Grade And Reading Instruction.

Dimensions of Diversity: Classroom Practice.

Integrated Teaching and Learning.

Reading Instruction.

Issues and Trends: Reading and Brain Research.

Handwriting and Spelling Instruction.

Classroom Management in First Grade.

Accountability Issues in First Grade.

Working with Parents.

Celebrating Holidays.

Other Responsibilities for First-Grade Teachers.

Ending the School Year.

8. Teaching In Second-Grade Classrooms.

Including Children with Special Needs.

What Teachers Are Saying: Inclusion.

What Second Graders are Expected To Learn.

Organizing The Classroom.

Learning Styles.

Second Grade and Reading Instruction.

NAEYC's Position on Reading and Writing.

Reading Instruction in Mrs. Strabinski's Classroom.

Writing Instruction in Second Grade.

Math Instruction in Second Grade.

State by State: Pennsylvania's Academic Standards for Mathematics.

Dimensions of Diversity: Meeting Diverse Needs.

Teaching Social Studies in Second Grade.

Issues and Trends: Magnet Schools.

Working with Parents.

Transient Children and Education.

9. Teaching In Third-Grade Classrooms.

What Third Graders are Expected to Learn.

Organizing the Classroom.

Third Grade and Reading Instruction.

Professional Development in Reading.

Spelling Instruction in Third Grade.

Writing Instruction in Third Grade.

Dimensions of Diversity: Meeting Diverse Needs.

Portfolios Used as Assessment.

State by State: Writing Assessment in Florida.

Language Arts Instruction in Third Grade.

Handwriting Instruction in Third Grade.

Math Instruction in Third Grade.

Science Instruction in Third Grade.

Social Studies Instruction in Third Grade.

Team Meetings.

Site-Based Management.

Issues and Trends: No Child Left Behind.

State Standards and Mandated Testing.

Working with Parents.

What Teachers Are Saying: State Mandated Testing.

Issues and Trends: After-School Programs.

10. Using Technology In The Early Childhood Classroom.

Current Practices In The Classroom.

What Teachers Are Saying: Their Computer Lab.

Computer Literacy.

Computer Usage.

Software for the Early Childhood Classroom.

Software Evaluation.


Basic Internet Terms for Teachers.

Computer Skills Needed by Children.

Basic Vocabulary Terms for Children.

Working with Parents.

Issues and Trends: Parent's View of Software Assistance in Preparing for State-Mandated Tests.

Care of the Computer.

Integrating the Computer into the Curriculum.

Getting Started.

I. List All Available Resources for the Theme or Unit.

II. Make A List Of Content Areas, Centers, and Ideas for Instruction.

III. Preview Software in the School.

IV. Keep Undating Your List.

Student Competencies.

The Teacher's Use of the Computer.

State by State: Hawaii and Computer Technology.

Other Types of Technology Used in Schools.

Dimensions of Diversity: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners through Technology.

Issues and Trends: State Compliance and the No Child Left Behind Act.

International Society for Technology in Education.


11. Working With Parents Or Guardians.

Parent Involvement.

Involvement of Fathers.

Parent Challenges.

Issues and Trends: Working with Non-English-Speaking Parents.

What Teachers Are Saying: Working with Parents.

Communication between Parents and Teachers.

Children of Divorce.

Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Non-English-Speaking Parents or Guardians.

Dimensions of Diverstiy: Working with Parents from Diverse Cultures.

Parenting Styles.

Home Visits.

Child Information Sheet.

Home Learning Activities.

Student Handbooks.

Parents' and Students' Rights.

Home Schooling.

State by State: Family and Community in the State of Massachusetts.

Children with Disabilities.

Corporal Punishment.

Values and Character Education.

Helping Children Deal with Terrorism and Disasters.

Parent Programs and Information Sources for Parents.

12. Becoming An Early Childhood Professional.

Issues and Trends: New Teacher Induction Programs.

Code Of Ethics.

NAEYC'S Code Of Ethical Conduct.

Child Abuse And Neglect.

Association of American Educators (AAE).

Other Professional Organizations.

Professional Development.

What Teachers Are Saying: Professional Development .

Teaching Portfolios.

Organizing a Portfolio.


State by State: Missouri's Career Ladder.

Roles of a Teacher.

Responsibilities of the Teacher.

Dimensions of Diversity: The Needs of Interracial Children.

Working in the School Community.

Characteristics of Effective Teachers.

Appendix A. Developmental Red Flags for Children Ages 3 to 5.

Appendix B. Checklist for Diversity in Early Childhood Education Care.

Bonus Chapter.

Teaching In Fourth-Grade Classrooms.

What Fourth Graders are Expected to Learn.

The Schedule and Classroom Layout.

State by State: Arkansas Virtual Classroom.

Fourth Grade and Reading Instruction.

Issues and Trends: The Law and Bilingual Education.

Spelling Instruction in Fourth Grade.

Writing Instruction in Fourth Grade.

Math Instruction in Fourth Grade.

Science Instruction in Fourth Grade.

Teaching Social Studies in Fourth Grade.

Dimensions of Diversity: Teaching Tolerance.

Working with Parents.

Opportunities for Fourth Graders.

What Teachers Are Saying.



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