In this exciting book, education professionals will tune in to how 4- to 8-year-olds think and learn—and get sound research-based information and developmentally appropriate teaching practices in four crucial areas:
Literacy—including promoting enthusiasm for reading, developing phonological awareness, and improving reading comprehension
Mathematics—including creating data displays, looking for patterns, drawing on everyday experiences, and working math into classroom conversations
Multiculturalism—including accepting differences, discouraging stereotypes, and developing an awareness of diverse cultures and family structures
Classroom community—including making friends, resolving conflicts, and strengthening student–teacher relationships
For each topic, a theory chapter brings current research together in everyday language and shows readers how the concepts work through lively examples. Then, a corresponding practice chapter translates the research for each topic into real-world tips and strategies. Readers get brief, to-the-point advice on issues like teaching English-language learners, assessing skills, enhancing school readiness, and giving all children a voice in the classroom. Enriched with best practices from high-quality classrooms and insight from teachers, this book gives education professionals practical solutions to common challenges.
This book is part of a series edited by Donald B. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D., and developed in conjunction with the National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL). Visit NCEDL's website for information on the center's research, upcoming meetings, and free online publications.