Review by: Mary Hilborn, Early Childhood Director for the Hawken School - November 1, 2012
Gaye is one of those rare individuals in the world of early childhood who understands the integrity of play for young children and the importance teachers play in scaffolding observed play to support both cognitive and social/emotional development. Gaye was instrumental in creating our Developmental Continuum, a series of benchmarks from preschool through second grade. She has also offered valuable professional development opportunities for teachers at our school and has been a guest presenter at our summer institute for five years. Gaye's enthusiasm and passion for 'getting it right' in the early childhood world has been a catalyst for change in the greater Cleveland, Ohio, area.
Review by: Gail Holtz, Kindergarten Teacher, Hawken School, Lyndhurst, Ohio - August 15, 2012
Gaye has once again provided us with a powerful and engaging book that is both theoretical and practical. She identifies the ways standards can be tied to best practices and classroom experiences in ways that allow educators do what they know is best for children. The frameworks are inherently practical and simple to use, yet, thought-provoking. The implications for using this powerful tool are far-reaching. This is a must-have book for pre-service to experienced teachers, as well as administrators. It is exciting to imagine how children will be the beneficiaries of such intentional and reflective planning.
Review by: Shannon Riley-Ayers, Asst. Prof. at The Nat'l Inst. for Early Education Research - August 10, 2012
The planning and reflection frameworks provide teachers with the guidance they need to observe their students and plan individual and group teaching goals. 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.
Review by: Barb Merrill, Executive Director of the Iowa AEYC - August 1, 2012
We must embed academics into play. Once again, Gaye Gronlund defines developmentally appropriate practices in a resource that is both comprehensive and easy-to-use. Practitioners, administrators, and pre-service teachers will appreciate the focus on reflective, intentional teaching practices, and the helpful tools and strategies for planning, observation, and assessment. With the emphasis on play as how children can learn most successfully, this book provides both the argument and a how-to guide for successful implementation.