The Instant Curriculum, Revised: Over 750 Developmentally Appropriate Learning Activities for Busy Teachers of Young Children

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The Instant Curriculum was an instant classic when it was first published almost 25 years ago. This new edition is completely revised and features over 350 all-new activities! This classic resource is a must-have for preschool teachers, and it has activities for every area of the curriculum, including language and literacy, math, science, dramatic play and music and movement. The focus on concepts and skills provides a flexible format to strengthen skill areas for one child or ...

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Overview

The Instant Curriculum was an instant classic when it was first published almost 25 years ago. This new edition is completely revised and features over 350 all-new activities! This classic resource is a must-have for preschool teachers, and it has activities for every area of the curriculum, including language and literacy, math, science, dramatic play and music and movement. The focus on concepts and skills provides a flexible format to strengthen skill areas for one child or the entire group.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876590027
  • Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Pam Schiller, Ph.D., is an early childhood author, consultant, and highly sought after speaker. She has written numerous articles for early childhood journals, including Child Care Information Exchange and Texas Child Care Quarterly. Pam is the author of five early childhood curriculums, eleven children's books and more than 30 teacher and parent resource books.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Bringing the inside out - self-expression through art 21
Drawing 22
Painting 25
Designs 29
Prints 34
Collages 37
Sculpting and molding 40
Art and crafts recipes 43
Ch. 2 A pot, a pan, and a wooden spoon - cooking 49
No-cook recipes 51
Toaster oven/oven recipes 57
Refrigerator/freezer recipes 59
Hot plate/electric skillet/popper recipes 60
Ch. 3 The magic of make believe - dramatic play 63
Imaginative play 66
Creative play 72
Ch. 4 Expanding horizons - language and literacy 77
Listening 80
Oral language 86
Phonological awareness 94
Letter knowledge and recognition 99
Print awareness 107
Comprehension 117
Ch. 5 First things first - making math meaningful 121
Free exploration 123
Spatial relationships 126
Classification 130
Patterning 138
One-to-one correspondence 145
Ordering 149
Numeration 154
Shapes 163
Measurement 165
Graphs 169
Fractions 172
Ch. 6 The universal language - music and movement 173
Songs 174
Chants 178
Creative movement 180
Moving freely 185
Music makers 185
Dances 187
Games 190
Ch. 7 Building muscle mastery - physical development 193
Gross motor 195
Fine motor 202
Ch. 8 The wonder of wonder - science 209
Air 211
Water 217
Force and motion 221
Simple tools 229
Light and color 231
Weather and seasons 236
Senses 239
Change of state 242
Plants 243
Animals 249
Ch. 9 Everyone's a piece of the puzzle - social studies 255
Feeling good about me 256
Understanding and controlling emotions 259
My family 261
Sharing and cooperating 262
Participating and contributing 263
Likenesses and differences 264
Community workers and friends 266
Concepts of time 268
Environmental awareness 269
Health and safety 272
Ch. 10 Preparing for the future - critical thinking and problem solving 279
Critical thinking and problem solving 281
Ch. 11 Adapting to change - transitions 289
Transitions 290
Ch. 12 Keeping connected - families as partners 295
Families as partners 296
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