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Children's LiteratureThere are 600 activities divided in 22 different areas included in this large workbook. Supplied by teachers from all over the United States, each activity is generally organized using the following outline: materials, what to do, more to do, related books, and related songs and poems. Not all activities include all items, but many do. There's a nice introduction with a short profile of what to expect from a four-year old and an overall explanation of the steps within activities. The 22 themes dividing the workbook include the usual ones of art, gross motor, language, music and movement, as well as outdoor play, rest or naptime and transitions. The book is a great gift for new teachers, but veteran teachers, as well, will find some new ideas, thanks to new technology and products and creative ideas on how to use them. While most activities seem based on sound early childhood theory, it's to bad that the developmental areas being practiced are not mentioned in each activity to remind teachers that there are goals beyond keeping four-year olds busy. Encouraging teachers to include opportunities to develop the whole child is a good thing. Some black and white drawings, an index for activities and books as well as a monthly planning outline are included. 2004, Gryphon House, Ages Adult.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.