Reaching Standards and Beyond in Kindergarten: Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning

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Corwin Press, Nov 4, 2009 - Education - 168 pages
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Help kindergarten students meet national standards in developmentally appropriate ways!

This book shows teachers how to help young children reach standards in literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts through creative play activities that ignite their enthusiasm to learn. The authors also offer suggestions for promoting healthy physical and social-emotional development. This resource:

  • Presents authentic assessments for measuring student progress toward standards
  • Offers tips for working with English language learners and children with special needs 
  • Discusses how to develop relationships with caregivers and strengthen home-school connections
  • Includes sample templates, calendars, book lists, and more
 

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Contents

Getting Off to a Good Start
1
Chapter 2 Designing the Kindergarten Environment
11
Chapter 3 Addressing Standards Through Engaging Studies and Authentic Assessment
27
Chapter 4 Nurturing Childrens Sense of Wonder Through Science
37
Chapter 5 Fostering Involved Citizens Through Social Studies
51
Chapter 6 Engaging Young Readers and Writers in the LiteracyRich Kindergarten
61
Chapter 7 Motivating Mathematics
77
Chapter 8 Celebrating Creativity Through the Arts
91
Chapter 9 Promoting Healthy Physical and SocialEmotional Development
103
Reaching Standards and Beyond
115
Resources
121
References
139
Suggested Readings
143
Index
145
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Gera Jacobs is a professor of early childhood education and taught kindergarten, preschool, and the elementary grades for many years. She has published articles in a number of national and regional journals and produced a CD-ROM on inclusion for young children with special needs. She has presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences, and has conducted many inservice presentations for teachers. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Governing Board and served on the NAEYC Affiliate Council. The Carnegie Corporation named her the South Dakota Professor of the Year in 2002. She was chairperson of the South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines Panel, responsible for writing the preschool standards for South Dakota.

Jacobs and her coauthor Kathy Crowley have helped to organize an annual statewide kindergarten academy for many years in South Dakota and have presented at kindergarten institutes in other states. They are the coauthors of Play, Projects, and Preschool Standards: Nurturing Children’s Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning, published by Corwin Press and winner of a 2008 Teachers’ Choice Award, sponsored by Learning Magazine, and a 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Their collaboration began many years ago as team-teachers in a kindergarten classroom.

Kathy Crowley is a kindergarten teacher and has taught kindergarten, preschool, and the elementary grades for many years. She was director of an afterschool program and a member of the South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines Panel. Serving as a teacher leader for a statewide mathematics initiative, she provides training to other teachers on innovative math strategies. An active member of several professional organizations, she has presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences. Crowley served as vice president of the South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children and received the SDAEYC state service award in 2006. Her community named her the Teacher of the Year in 2007.

Crowley and her coauthor Gera Jacobs have helped to organize an annual statewide kindergarten academy for many years in South Dakota and have presented at kindergarten institutes in other states. They are the coauthors of Play, Projects, and Preschool Standards: Nurturing Children’s Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning, published by Corwin Press and winner of a 2008 Teachers’ Choice Award, sponsored by Learning Magazine and a 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Their collaboration began many years ago as team-teachers in a kindergarten classroom.

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