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Nola Larson

Biography:

Nola Larson has spent her entire career in the early childhood field in a variety of positions. She earned a bachelor's degree in child development-kindergarten education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a masters of education degree in professional development with an emphasis in special education, from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has taught early childhood education in a nursery school, a day care center, and a Head Start program and also taught in the public schools as a kindergarten teacher. For ten years, Nola was an early childhood instructor at Western Wisconsin Technical College-La Crosse, WI, where she started the program, taught a variety of courses, and supervised student teachers. She was part of a national training and technical assistance network that provided consultation to Head Start programs, specifically in the areas of assessment, disability services, child development, and curriculum. Most recently, she coordinated the development and publication of the New Portage Guide Birth to Six, a developmental assessment and activity planning system for children from birth to six years old. Publications: Transition Magician: Strategies for Guiding Young Children in Early Childhood Programs (Redleaf Press, 1994) Transition Magician 2: More Strategies for Guiding Young Children in Early Childhood Programs (Redleaf Press, 2000) Transition Magician for Families: Helping Parents and Children with Everyday Routines (Redleaf Press, 2001) New Portage Guide Birth to Six, (Portage Project, 2004) Nola presents on early childhood topics, including workshops based on the Transition Magician books she co-authored. She says that it gives her great joy to see how excited people get about our ideas and to actually see positive changes in the classrooms. Website: www.transitionmagician.com

Nola Larson's Books

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  • Transition Magician: Strategies for Guiding Young Children in Early Childhood Programs

    Authors: Nola Larson, Mary Henthorne, Barbara Plum
    Product Code: 302901
    ISBN: 978-093414081-2

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    Read a sample chapter of this book!

    Plan transition times so that children aren't hurting each other, toys aren't left all over the place, and you know where everyone is! This book features more than 200 original learning activities to help guide children through smooth transitions. Softbound, 136 pgs.

    "I feel this book is a wonderful addition to the field. I am aware of nothing like it! It is bursting with creative ideas that have been tested and proven effective. All teachers, novice or seasoned, will find ideas here to brighten their days."
    —Barbara Wolfe, Ph.D., early childhood special education project coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

    "This book, developed by experienced and creative professionals, is a welcome addition to the field of early childhood. It's packed full of creative ideas for enhancing the quality of services to young children. I highly recommend it to all early childhood teachers and educators. The self-assessment tool will be extremely beneficial to the dedicated professionals who continually strive to improve their service. By utilizing the suggestions given in this book, early childhood teachers will make those first experiences in learning magical for the little ones in our care."
    —Connie Brown, executive director, Hope through Opportunity in Parent-Child Education and Support (HOPES)

    "For years I have relied on finger plays and songs to get children's attention, but these are some really fun, new ideas. As I have used the evaluation tools, suggestions, and guidelines, it is amazing how much easier it is on everyone and how smoothly things flow."
    —Ruth Chvojicek, early childhood teacher, Cooperative Educational Services Agency #5, Portage, Wisconsin

     
  • Transition Magician 2: More Strategies for Guiding Young Children in Early Childhood Programs

    Authors: Mary Henthorne, Nola Larson, Ruth Chvojicek
    Product Code: 304901
    ISBN: 978-188483486-8

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    Read a sample chapter of this book!

    Use these 200+ activities for any transition time. Simple tools to help evaluate environments and schedules, as well as toddler and special needs activities, are included. Softbound, 224 pgs.

    "This book will help caregivers connect with kids, assess their programs, and develop solutions for making transition times a seamless part of each day. This will inspire caregivers—no matter what their experience, style, or philosophy—to involve toddlers in enchanting daily transitions."
    —Fran Hast and Ann Hollyfield, authors, Infant and Toddler Experiences

    "Transition Magician 2 is a great resource for new teachers to help make that first year more manageable. It's also helped me (an early childhood teacher for over twenty years) find energy for the school year! It's informative, easy to follow, and it offers great reminders for evaluating how your classroom is functioning and what needs to change. The information on children with special needs is a great addition and will be very helpful. This book will help you with the little details that make all the difference for a smooth-running day."
    —Jenny Brunt, early childhood special education and program support teacher

    "Transition Magician 2 helps caregivers find different ways to connect with their kids, assess their programs, and develop emergent solutions for making transition times a seamless part of each day. It is filled with mind-expanding activities for caregivers to use for the times between planned activities in their days and also includes new toddler and special needs activities for transition."
    —The Children's Foundation Child Care Bulletin

    "Planning transitions is just as important as planning activities, especially for toddlers and special-needs children. This book will help that happen like magic."
    Foreword

     
  • Transition Magician Set

    Authors: Nola Larson, Mary Henthorne, Barbara Plum
    Product Code: 414801
    ISBN: 414801

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    Plan transition times so children aren't hurting each other, toys aren't left all over the place, and you know where everyone is ! This two-volume set features more than 400 original learning activities. Ideas such as Buddy Buckets, Spider Wands, and Pom-Pom Pals make possible silky smooth activity changes. Toddler and special needs activities to complete your program's approach are included.