Review by: Brenda Jordan, Director of Special Education, Rural Cass County Multi-Distr - August 26, 2012
Julienne Olson has many years of experience working with preschool children. The information in this book will provide an excellent variety of activities to supplement your research-based preschool curriculum."
Review by: Alice Smette, Speech Pathologist - August 25, 2012
The author is a talented teacher who loves to engage and connect with children in her classroom. This book is written in a way that teachers can learn how to teach through play. The author shows how one activity can be used to teach many different skills through fun and enjoyable activities. You will find that most activities only require what is already in your classroom. This book is skillfully created and an invaluable guide to working with the young child. As her co-worker, I have seen, again and again, successful academic learning using these activities.
Review by: Kate Keating-Peterson, Assistant Professor of Education-Early Childhood, Mayville S - August 21, 2012
A must-have for all early childhood teachers! 200 Essential Preschool Activities hits the mark in regards to quality, intentional, and developmentally appropriate experiences for young children. Each activity addresses a developmental domain along with a "What Are Children Learning?" section which supports and reminds us of the importance of purposeful teaching. In addition, most activities include "Adaptation and Enhancement Ideas" which are crucial when addressing the varied learning styles of all children. All of the developmental domains of early childhood are addressed in this book, supporting the development of children in their impressionable early years of learning. I especially appreciate the chapter addressing family involvement both at home and within the school environment. Ms. Olson embraces the importance of home and school collaboration in these sections and impresses its importance to the essential development of the whole child."
Review by: Kristine Morriss - August 19, 2012
200 Essential Preschool Activities is a well-organized, comprehensive, and functional handbook for parents, educators, child care professionals, and therapists. As an occupational therapist in the school system, I will use Ms. Olson's book as a reference for fine, gross, and sensory motor activity ideas that encourage self-discovery and hands-on learning. This book will become an essential part of your preschool lesson planning
Review by: Erika Hanson, Physical Therapist and Advanced Nurtured Heart Trainer - August 14, 2012
Julienne's ideas for creative play are phenomenal. As a physical therapist in many different schools, I walk into many different kinds of preschools. The energy in Julienne's room is always calm, yet fun. The blend of structure, fun, and learning creates this
Review: The August 2012 issue of Reference & Research Book News - August 1, 2012
Olson, who teaches early childhood special education, offers 200 activities meant to help young children be creative, learn new skills, and build relationships with their peers. She provides students and new teachers in early childhood or early childhood special education with activities meant to be the basis for lesson planning. They relate to classroom structure, creative centers, group lessons, arts and crafts, learning games, and family involvement, and detail materials lists, setup, children's actions, what they are learning, and adaptations and enhancements for various skill levels.
Review: The August 2012 issue of Library Bookwatch - August 1, 2012
The formative years are the best time to learn more out of life. "200 Essential Preschool Activities" is an early childhood education reference guide for preschool teachers who are looking to help their young students get the most they can out of this vital period in education. From building important social skills, promoting thinking, arts, crafts, good play, and much more, the book proves to be a must for any rookie teacher who wants to keep the activities flowing. Each entry includes a list of necessary bits and pieces to make it work, instructions, and how to take it further. "200 Essential Preschool Activities" is an enthusiastically recommended pick for preschool education reference collections.