Teaching Young Children, Preschool-K: A Guide to Planning Your Curriculum, Teaching Through Learning Centers, and Just About Everything Else / Edition 2

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

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 modeling, purposeful interactions, and conversations.

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

  • Setting up and managing an ABC center to develop children's understanding of the alphabetic principle
  • Setting up and managing a computer center to bring new technology into the classroom and extend literacy skills
  • Involving parents and families inside and outside the classroom
  • 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-centered classroom!

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Editorial Reviews

Larry Garf
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.'
Sharon MacDonald
"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 Mac Donald
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412926737
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/14/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,252,320
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Dianne Miller Nielsen has been an early childhood educator for more than 30 years. She currently owns an early childhood teacher training agency, Nielsen Training Services, Inc. This agency provides workshops, seminars, and courses for early childhood teachers and child care center directors, including training for the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. She is currently designated as a Master Trainer in the Texas Early Care and Education Trainer Registry. Dianne is also an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, having contributed to the journal Young Children, and continuing to serve as a validator for program accreditation. She recently completed her second term of office as Vice-President of the San Antonio chapter of NAEYC. Dianne speaks and keynotes at many national, state and local conferences, and currently provides consultation services for a number of early childhood programs.

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Table of Contents

1 Goals of early childhood education 5
2 The teacher's role 14
3 Planning a curriculum for young children 24
4 Art center 41
5 Blocks center 51
6 Dramatic play center 59
7 Literacy centers 70
8 Maths and manipulatives center 103
9 Science center 110
10 Music center 118
11 Cooking center 124
12 Workworking center 132
13 Clay and dough center 139
14 Construction center 146
15 Sensory center 151
16 Outdoor play center 156
17 Classroom management, schedules, and routines 166
18 Special events 185
19 Parent and family involvement 192
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