Preschool Appropriate Practices

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Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich College Publishers, 1996 - Education - 313 pages
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Research proves that the preschool child learns best through playful exploration of the environment. This book shows how the learning environment can facilitate teaching by providing a curriculum that addresses children's interests and needs as well as the teacher's task of choosing appropriate activities for children's development. It describes ten learning centers that allow children to choose and direct their own play, and how teachers can arrange the physical environment of a preschool classroom so they can observe and support children in these activities. This new edition continues its use of children's picture books in every chapter to introduce projects, and to integrate new activities based on the books themselves. There are 60 children's computer programs and applicable software also discussed, as well as other helpful tools designed to assist the preschool teaching staff.

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The SelfDirected Learning Environment
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Janice Beaty, Ph.D., is a Professor Emerita at Elmira College and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in education. She has been named to the Who's Who of American Women 2015 and Who's Who in American Education 2015. Dr. Beaty has authored several publications in early childhood education and recently published a series of children's books set in the national parks (such as "Jarod and the Mystery of the Joshua Trees"). Her strengths lie in ideas gained from her travels, which include visits to early childhood programs in China, Russia, Poland, Bermuda, Guam, and the United States. Dr. Beaty was also involved in developing the Child Development Associate (CDA) program and in offering training workshops for CDA advisors in Elmira, New York, Columbia, South Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, and Orlando, Florida.

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