Reaching Standards and Beyond in Kindergarten: Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning
  • Reaching Standards and Beyond in Kindergarten: Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning
  • Reaching Standards and Beyond in Kindergarten: Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning

Reaching Standards and Beyond in Kindergarten: Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning

by Gera Jacobs, Kathleen (Kathy) E. Crowley
     
 

"This book clearly outlines how teachers can make standards the foundation of their practice without leaving behind the creation of challenging and ordered environments that respect the learning needs of young children. Through clear examples and informative vignettes, including information on how to meet the needs of children with special needs and those learning

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"This book clearly outlines how teachers can make standards the foundation of their practice without leaving behind the creation of challenging and ordered environments that respect the learning needs of young children. Through clear examples and informative vignettes, including information on how to meet the needs of children with special needs and those learning English, this book helps teachers find the resources to return joyful learning to this critical year of schooling." —Harriet A. Egertson, Educational Consultant

"A great overview of a developmentally appropriate kindergarten classroom. this book gives me the support I need to know that I am teaching my students with practices that are based on research." —Darcy Sammelson, Kindergarten Teacher Austin School, Vermilion, SD

Help kindergarten students meet national standards in developmentally appropriate ways!

Standards provide an important benchmark for student learning, but meeting them doesn't mean you have to take away frun and creativity. Reaching Standards and Beyond in Kindergarten offers research-based strategies and ideas for addressing content standards in ways that nature children's natural love of learning.

Authors Gera Jacobs and Kathy Crowley show how creative play activities can help children reach standards in literacy, mathematics, science, social sciences, and the arts. They also offer sugestions for promoting healthy physical and social-emotional development. Covering the transition to kindgergarten as well as the transition to first grade, this book

• Presents authentic assessments for measuring student progress toward meeting standards

• Offers strategies and tips for working with English language learners and children with special needs

• Discusses how to develop relationships with caregivers and strengthen the critical home-school connection

• Includes sample templates, calendars, book lists, and more

This resource provides novice teachers with field-tested strategies and gives veteran teachers fresh ideas to add to their existing instructional repertoire.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412957250
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/06/2009
Pages:
154
Sales rank:
618,000
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1. The Importance of the Kindergarten Year: Getting Off to a Good Start
Reaching Standards in Kindergarten and the Power of Play
Ready for the Children
Transition to Kindergarten and Forming Partnerships With Families
Strengthening Relationships
Meeting the Needs of All Children
Supporting Children Learning English as a New Language
Working With Children's Individual Needs
2. Designing the Kindergarten Environment
Creating a Welcoming Environment
Kindergarten Room Design
Designing Interest Areas That Invite Learning
Managing Interest Areas
The Social Environment
Scheduling to Make the Most of Our Time Together
Supporting Children Learning English as a New Language
Working With Children's Individual Needs
3. Addressing Standards Through Engaging Studies and Authentic Assessment
Engaging Studies and Projects
Assessing Children's Progress Toward Reaching Standards
Supporting Children Learning English as a New Language
Working With Children's Individual Needs
4. Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder Through Science
Designing the Environment to Promote Science Inquiry
Addressing Standards and Developing Science Concepts Through Engaging Studies and Experiences
Supporting Children Learning English as a New Language
Working With Children's Individual Needs
5. Fostering Involved Citizens Through Social Studies
Designing the Environment for Our Future World Citizens
Addressing Standards and Developing Social Studies Concepts Through Engaging Studies and Experiences
Supporting Children Learning English as a New Language
Working With Children's Individual Needs
6. Engaging Young Readers and Writers in the Literacy-Rich Kindergarten
Designing a Nurturing Environment for Young Readers and Writers
Addressing Language and Literacy Standards and Goals Through Engaging Studies and Experiences
Discovering More About Learning New Languages
Supporting Children Learning English as a New Language
Working With Children's Individual Needs
7. Motivating Mathematics
Designing the Environment to Promote Mathematical Thinking
Addressing Standards and Developing Mathematical Concepts Through Engaging Studies and Experiences
Supporting Children Learning English as a New Language
Working With Children's Individual Needs
8. Celebrating Creativity Through the Arts
Designing the Environment to Promote Creativity Through the Arts
Addressing Standards in the Arts Through Engaging Studies and Experiences
Supporting Children Learning English as a New Language
Working With Children's Individual Needs
9. Promoting Healthy Physical and Social-Emotional Development
Designing the Environment to Promote Healthy Physical Development
Addressing Standards and Fostering Physical Development Through Engaging Studies and Experiences
Designing the Environment to Promote Positive Approaches to Learning and Social-Emotional Development
Nurturing Positive Approaches to Learning and Social-Emotional Development Through Engaging Studies and Experiences
Supporting Children Learning English as a New Language
Working With Children's Individual Needs
10. Connecting the Dots: Reaching Standards and Beyond
Kindergarten for All Children
The Length of the Kindergarten Day
Supporting the Transition to First Grade
Reaching Beyond the Standards
Resources
Children's Books
Children's Music
Calendar Letter for Families
Calendar Pages for Families
Label Lemur Name Badge
References
Suggested Readings
Index

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