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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL for a day or two. Some of the ideas, such as talking to toddlers about what they are doing, are meant to be practiced every day. Use this book as a refer- ence guide. After writing your weekly lesson plans, assess whether you have activities that engage all the senses and reach all areas of potential growth. Determine which interest areas need more focus and choose an activity that will enhance the chil- dren’s learning while playing. This book was designed to be used by classroom teachers, family child care providers, and any per- son who is involved with young children, includ- 6  i n t r o d u c t i o n ing parents and families—please invite them to use the book, too. The ideas have been collected over the years from educational colleagues, early child- hood conferences, books, and articles, and they represent best practices. All have been successfully used with young children. If you are new to the field, this book will give you a multitude of ideas to expand children’s learning. If you have a great deal of experience, the book will reinforce what you already know and perhaps remind you of forgotten extensions. You will enjoy using these activities in children’s environments. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL