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

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Overview

"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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Editorial Reviews

Harriet A. Egertson
“This book clearly outlines how teachers can make standards the foundation of their practice without leaving behind what the best teachers know about how to create challenging and ordered environments that respect the learning needs of young children. Through clear examples and informative vignettes, including how to meet the needs of children with special needs and those learning English, this books helps teachers find the resources to return joyful learning to this critical year of schooling.”
Faith Tieszen
“Jacobs and Crowley have developed a valuable resource for kindergarten teachers. Solidly based on developmentally appropriate practices, this volume also ensures that essential curricular standards are met or surpassed. Both novice and veteran educators will enhance their repertoires with unique ideas and approaches shared by these experts.”
Sue Parrott
“This book is full of rich ideas, activities, research-based practices, and strategies to support kindergarten-aged children. Both veteran and new teachers will appreciate and welcome the suggestions offered. You can feel the enthusiasm the authorshave for providing young children with high-quality, developmentally appropriate activities. This book is a must-have for every library: new and veteran teachers, school administrators, and those committed to working with young children in a way that supports their ideal development!”
Darcy Sammelson
"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 through practices based on research. "
Jacqueline L. Jerke
“This is a great book for new and experienced early childhood teachers. I’ve found lots of great activities and ideas. This book was created by teachers, with creative ideas used by teachers—it is a real treasure!”
Lucy Vandersnick
“This book contains great, easy-to-do, and easily incorporated ideas for topics that give children real-life experiences, along with ways to include children who have special needs.”
Lacee Mills
“This is a wonderful, well-balanced book with great ideas to implement in a kindergarten classroom. I love the ‘try this’ ideas. The authors make great connections with kindergarten standards and hands-on learning.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412957250
  • Publisher: Corwin
  • Publication date: 11/6/2009
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gera Jacobs is a professor of early childhood education and taught kindergarten, preschool, and the elementary grades for many years. She has published articles in a number of national and regional journals and produced a CD-ROM on inclusion for young children with special needs. She has presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences, and has conducted many inservice presentations for teachers. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Governing Board and served on the NAEYC Affiliate Council. The Carnegie Corporation named her the South Dakota Professor of the Year in 2002. She was chairperson of the South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines Panel, responsible for writing the preschool standards for South Dakota.

Jacobs and her coauthor Kathy Crowleyhave helped to organize an annual statewide kindergarten academy for many years in South Dakota and have presented at kindergarten institutes in other states. They are the coauthors of Play, Projects, and Preschool Standards: Nurturing Children’s Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning, published by Corwin Press and winner of a 2008 Teachers’ Choice Award, sponsored by Learning Magazine, and a 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Their collaboration began many years ago as team-teachers in a kindergarten classroom.

Kathy Crowley is a kindergarten teacher and has taught kindergarten, preschool, and the elementary grades for many years. She was director of an afterschool program and a member of the South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines Panel. Serving as a teacher leader for a statewide mathematics initiative, she provides training to other teachers on innovative math strategies. An active member of several professional organizations, she has presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences. Crowley served as vice president of the South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children and received the SDAEYC state service award in 2006. Her community named her the Teacher of the Year in 2007.

Crowley and her coauthor Gera Jacobshave helped to organize an annual statewide kindergarten academy for many years in South Dakota and have presented at kindergarten institutes in other states. They are the coauthors of Play, Projects, and Preschool Standards: Nurturing Children’s Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning, published by Corwin Press and winner of a 2008 Teachers’ Choice Award, sponsored by Learning Magazine and a 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Their collaboration began many years ago as team-teachers in a kindergarten classroom.

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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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