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Planning for Play, Observation, and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten

Planning for Play, Observation, and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten

Authors: Gaye Gronlund, MA, Gaye Gronlund, MA, Gaye Gronlund, MA
Product Code: 541136
ISBN: 978-1-60554-113-6
Format: Softbound
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The best ways to intentionally plan for young children's learning

Learning can happen during every minute of a child's day when you plan and teach with intention. This how-to resource provides four planning and reflecting frameworks to help you bring engaging experiences into your classroom. It describes a methodical cycle that encompasses the many elements of a successful classroom—a process of planning, implementing, observing, reflecting, and individualizing curriculum—that helps build children's academic and social skills.

With step-by-step guidance and planning forms to nurture children's joy of learning, 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

  • Age focus: 3—6. Softbound, 232 pgs.

    Planning for Play, Observation, and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten Downloadable forms are in the "Web Components" tab.
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    by Shirley Rempel
    on 1/7/2013
    Super Book!
    I was very excited to receive this book in December and it was so loaded with information that it took me a few weeks to absorb it all before writing my review. I have taken observation and recording workshops/course work in the past, so this book was a lot of review for me. However, that said it is a fantastic resource to be able to access when I want a quick review. I also learned a few new things a long the way. 
    It is in observing children and planning activities around their interests that will ultimately help them be at their best learning potential. This book teaches that and so much more. Each chapter explains the various ways to observe children in the preschool and Kindergarten age group, giving many wonderful examples. Also included in the book are activities ideas, and a lot of super reproducible worksheets for planning and recording for infant, toddler, preschool and kindergarten programs. Though the worksheets are more detailed, in many ways, for my current needs of running a home child care program, they could be easily modified to fit such a program with little effort. 
    Planning for Play, Observation and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten would be a great addition to any Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten teacher library and program.
    I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
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    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.

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