More Help! For Teachers of Young Children: 99 Tips to Promote Intellectual Development and Creativity

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SAGE Publications, Oct 14, 2005 - Education - 208 pages
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'Emphasizes doing what is best for the child based on sound principles of how young children learn. It is not a 'recipe' book as many others are' - Joan Moyer, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

'The book gives a variety of good examples of real life situations teachers encounter daily in their classrooms. . . There are many books with early childhood education curriculum activities but not many with specific strategies for everyday needs. . . The examples and stories show humor and a good knowledge of what are appropriate child development practices' - Kathleen McGinn, Director, Child Development Programs, Colton Joint Unified School District, California

Engage and grow young minds with strategies for play-based curriculum!

Early childhood educators face a perpetual challenge: How do you develop children's early academic skills in stimulating, developmentally appropriate, and culturally responsive ways? Recognizing that play is children's work, this friendly resource offers 99 hands-on and often humorous tips to prepare diverse children for school.

More Help! For Teachers of Young Children provides readers with entertaining stories and practical strategies to create learning opportunities for early literacy, math, science, art, social studies, music, and movement.

Each tip offers:

- A short and engaging real-life story

Suggestions which teachers can try out in their classrooms right away

- "Ask Yourself" questions for teachers to think about their classroom practice

- A "Try This" section at the end of each chapter gives readers even more activity ideas for working with children ages 2-5.

Both new and experienced early years teachers will learn and laugh each time they open this inviting resource and its companion volume, Help! For Teachers of Young Children: 88 Tips to Develop Children's Social Skills and Create Positive Teacher-Family Relationships.

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Author Gwen Snyder Kaltman brings yet another fantastic resource for early childhood teachers in her book, More Help! For Teachers of Young Children, 99 Tips to Promote Intellectual Development and Creativity, (Corwin Press, 2006), sharing experiences from her 25+ years of experience in working with children, parents and teachers to provide insight and inspiration. The book supplies teachers with a template for creating classrooms that foster curiosity and creativity, giving children “the freedom to control their learning without letting a classroom get out of control.” The format for the book makes it enjoyable reading, starting with a concept, illustrated by one of Gwen’s personal stories, a review of the lesson learned, then a self-assessment for the teacher to help identify where changes need to be made. She provides lists of activities to support each concept and her engaging stories are ones teachers can relate to, making implementing them into their own classrooms that much easier. The author is an advocate for children, supporting teachers in their quest for finding the balance between teacher planned activities and child lead. Her focus is on the children, following their interests, and creating an environment that supports their creativity. The book is filled with practical, use-it-today type of activities that teachers can take to make a difference in the learning atmosphere in their classrooms. The activities provide outlets for the child’s natural urge to explore their world and learn about it and their place in it. The self assessment tools after each concept challenge the reader to be honest about their current practices in order to implement real change and improvement. Teachers will not only be inspired by the engaging stories, but be provided with the means to bring those same stories to life in their own classrooms. More Help is exactly that – help for teachers, a helping hand and friend to guide you along the way, the kind of resource you will use again and again, the one you will turn to when things go array because you know it will get you back onto the path of success!
Patricia Dischler is the author of From Babysitter to Business Owner: Getting the Most Out of Your Home Child Care Business, and national speaker at early childhood conferences promoting professionalism and creativity. To sign up for her child care ezine, KIDBIZ, visit:

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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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