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Early Childhood / Teaching Methods COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL The best ways to intentionally plan for young children’s learning Bring engaging experiences into your classroom and nurture children’s joy of learning. This how-to resource describes a process of planning, implementing, observing, reflecting, and individualizing curriculum—and supports the development of children’s academic and social skills. With step-by-step guidance and four planning and reflecting frameworks, this book will help you Incorporate learning goals into daily routines and group activities Support child-led, high-level, developmentally appropriate play Write lesson plans that are intentional, child-focused, and responsive Assess children in ways that show what they are learning and how they are applying skills • Identify and communicate the type of learning that occurs as children play • • • • “This is a practical resource that offers support to early educators from an author who understands young learners and the importance of teaching them well.” —Shannon Riley-Ayers, PhD, Assistant Research Professor at The National Institute for Early Education Research, lead author of The Early Learning Scale, and coauthor of Literacy Leadership in Early Childhood: The Essential Guide “Gaye Gronlund defines developmentally appropriate practices in a resource that is both comprehensive and easy to use. With the emphasis on play, this book provides both a how-to guide and the argument for successful implementation.” Gaye Gronlund is an early childhood consultant and trains educators across the country. She is a former preschool, kindergarten, and primary teacher of both regular and special education. Gaye holds a master’s degree in adult learning and early childhood education and is the author of several Redleaf Press books. —Barb Merrill, Executive Director of the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children “Gaye has once again provided us with a powerful and engaging book that is both theoretical and practical. This is a must-have book for pre-service to experienced teachers, as well as administrators.” —Gail M. Holtz, Kindergarten Teacher, Hawken School, Lyndhurst, Ohio ISBN 978-1-60554-113-6 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL $29.95