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Early Childhood Education DOUBLE TAB TO ZOOM ON PHONE OR TABLET Let us put our minds together and see what life we will make for our children. —Tatanka Iotanka (Sitting Bull) How can we help young children learn more about Native peoples than the cultural stereotypes found in children’s books and in the media? Lessons from Turtle Island is the first complete guide to exploring Native American issues honestly and openly with children. The authors—one Native, one white, both educators—offer unique perspectives on including authentic learning experiences about Native Americans in curriculum. Individual chapters explore five cross-cultural themes for the classroom—children, home, families, community, and the environment. Related activities based on recommended children’s books develop skills in reading and writing, science, math, dramatic play, art, and more. Lessons from Turtle Island also provides helpful guidelines and resource lists for selecting appropriate toys, children’s books, music, and art for the classroom and includes a Family Heritage Project. “Lessons from Turtle Island is the book I’ve been waiting for in my work with young children. It provides a framework for understanding the complex issues surrounding the inclusion of Native American cultures and peoples in early childhood programs. The authors offer clear guidelines and specific resources to help teachers incorporate Native American perspectives and experiences into the daily life of the classroom in ways that both acknowledge similarities and affirm differ- ences among people. I’m eager to share this book with other teachers!” —Ann Pelo, classroom teacher at Hilltop Children’s Center in Seattle, and author of The Language of Art: Inquiry-Based Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings About the Authors Guy W. Jones, Hunkpapa Lakota, is a full-blood member of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. He is one of the founders of the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans in Dayton, Ohio, and has served as an advisor to the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, the Minority Arts Task Force of the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Dayton Christian Race Relations Task Force, and the Bias Review Council of the Ohio Department of Education. Sally Moomaw, MEd, is the associate director for professional development of the Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center at the University of Cincinnati. She is the coauthor of the More Than . . . series published by Redleaf Press, including More Than Letters. She is the chairperson of the Diversity Committee of the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children. ISBN 978-1-929610-25-9 $29.95 52995 9 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 781929 610259