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198  index COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL butterflies circle time example, 115 curriculum planning sheet example, 175–76 curriculum unit, 87–89 songs about, 118, 192 C canvases painting on, 44, 45, 62 as writing surface, 75 cardboard painting on, 61–62 as writing surface, 75 Carle, Eric, 120–21 “Caterpillar, Caterpillar,” 192 caterpillars, 87–89, 94, 115 chalk, 73 chalkboards, 75 challenging behaviors aggression, 23–24 during circle time, 113–14 evaluating responses to, 15 examples of, 19 general tips for, 20 high-energy children, 20–23 at sensory tables, 104 social scripts for, 27–29 chants, 189–96 See also songs chickens, 90–91 childhood educators. See teachers children, two- and three-year-old characteristics, 2 gradual entry for new children, 11–12 learning about through observation, 13, 20, 136, 139 needs of, 3 relationships with others, 5–6, 24–29 separation anxiety, 12, 29 “Chubby Little Snowman, A,” 195 cinnamon rolls, making, 149, 150 circle time benefits of, 111 caterpillar/butterflies example, 115 guidelines and strategies, 111–14 literacy activities, 119–21 props, 119 songs, 112, 113, 115–18 web diagrams, 114, 115 classrooms art centers, 37–38 block and building areas, 137–43 displaying children’s art, 66–67 dramatic play areas, 131–36 science centers, 81–83 sensory tables, 103–10 setting up, 10 sharing, 9–10 writing centers, 71–77 clay sculptures, 55–57 clipboards as writing surfaces, 73, 75 cold weather, tips for, 100 collaborative activities art projects, 39 box sculptures, 58–61 See also dramatic play collage art activities, 54, 120–23 colors experimentation with, 41, 86 songs about, 118, 192 comfort items, 12, 33, 112 communication of coteachers, 10 social scripts and sentence starters, 27–29 See also language; language development condensed milk paint recipe, 186 construction activities cardboard painting, 61 curriculum planning sheet example, 171–72 curriculum unit, 6 examples, 8–9, 21 songs for, 118, 191 See also block and building areas cookies, making, 149 cooking experiences benefits of, 145 tips and strategies, 145–50 corn on the cob, cooking, 150 corn syrup paint, 186 coteaching, 9–10 cotton balls, painting with, 40 crayon resist painting, 45 Creative Curriculum, 9 crystallized painting recipe, 187 cupcakes, making, 148, 149 curriculum child-driven nature of, 7–8 children’s needs and, 3 flexibility of, 7–8 gradual entries and transitions, 10–12 mindful and purposeful planning, 5–6 systems, examples of, 9 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL