Hands-On Learning!: More Than 1000 Activities for Young Children Using Everyday Objects

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Corwin Press, Apr 14, 2009 - Education - 152 pages
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Plan lessons from a child-centered perspective!

This innovative resource features more than 1,000 activities using inexpensive, readily available objects to engage young children’s senses and build their knowledge of the world through hands-on experiences. Organized into 16 themes and grouped under the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, physical development, and creativity, the book’s unique approach:

  • Presents a new and simple way to design hands-on activities that complement any curriculum
  • Offers suggestions on how to modify activities to respond to children’s developmental levels 
  • Includes a list of over 60 generic tactile activities suitable for use in any classroom
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I How to Create HandsOn Learning Opportunities
3
Chapter 1 A New Way to Design Themes and Activities for Young Children
5
Literacy Mathematics Science Social Studies Physical Development and Creativity
11
Highlighting Some of the Specific Learning That Can Occur With Each Activity
17
Part II Themes and Activities for HandsOn Learning
25
Chapter 4 Balls
27
Chapter 5 Cotton Balls
35
Chapter 10 Paint and Paintings
71
Chapter 11 Paper
79
Chapter 12 Ribbons
87
Chapter 13 Shoes and Footwear
95
Chapter 14 Spoons
103
Chapter 15 Toilet Paper and Other Cardboard Rolls
111
Chapter 16 Water
119
Chapter 17 Wheels
129

Chapter 6 Hats
41
Chapter 7 Index Cards
49
Chapter 8 Mail
57
Chapter 9 Mittens and Gloves
65
Chapter 18 Wood
137
A Letter to Families Explaining the Importance of HandsOn Learning
144
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Gwen Snyder Kaltman has spent more than 25 years working with young children, their parents, and teachers. She is the author of Help! For Teachers of Young Children: 88 Tips to Develop Children's Social Skills and Create Positive Teacher-Family Relationships and More Help! For Teachers of Young Children: 99 Tips to Promote Intellectual Development and Creativity. She has been a preschool teacher, director, college instructor, and educational trainer in various parts of the country and has also been a validator for the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, the accreditation division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kaltman has worked with young children in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia. She has trained teachers working in Head Start programs in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and rural Georgia and in child care centers and preschools in the suburbs of New York City and Washington, DC. She has observed preschool classes in such diverse places as China, Easter Island, Greenland, India, Malta, Mongolia, Tibet, Tanzania, Venezuela, and native villages above the Arctic Circle and along the Amazon and Sepik rivers.

She earned her BS and MEd in early childhood education from the University of Maryland.

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