10 best books on Early Childhood Education Written by earlyed.asia on December 7, 2015

The early childhood years are both exciting and crucial. It is in this phase of life for kids from birth to 5 years that major development takes place. This list of 10 best books on Early Childhood Education offers both comprehensive and practical directives for educating to this very important group of minds. In our list, we have something for new teachers, seasoned veterans, and anyone who is interested in the field of Early Childhood Education. What’s Going On in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life by Lise Eliot Drawing upon the exploding research in the field of Early Childhood as well as the stories of real children, What’s Going On in There? is a thought-provoking book that charts the brain’s development from conception through the critical first five years. In examining the many factors that play crucial roles in that process, What’s Going On in There? explores the evolution of the senses, motor skills, social and emotional behaviors, and mental functions such as attention, language, memory, reasoning, and intelligence. This informative and interesting book shows the innumerable ways in which you can actually help children grow better brains. Early Childhood Education – A Training Manual by Margaret Irvine The training techniques and modules presented in this manual published by UNESCO and the Bernard van Leer Foundation will facilitate the implementation of Early Childhood training sessions and enhance the skills of trainers, parents, and caregivers. The ideas and practices in this manual will ensure the continued development of active, participatory, experiential learning approaches and their acceptance as an integral part of Early Childhood training programmes. Powerful Interactions: How to Connect With Children to Extend Their Learning by Amy Laura Dombro, Judy Jablon, and Charlotte Stetson Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend their Learning gives teachers of preschool age children insight into what teachers call a teachable moment and the authors call ‘powerful interactions’. Written by the authors of The Power of Observation, this book will guide you through these three steps of a Powerful Interaction – Be Present, Connect, Extend Learning – in a series of self-guided lessons enlivened with tips, hints, invitations to reflect, and vignettes. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish This is a sensible, lucid guide to practical and effective communication with your children. Using logical approaches to common problems, Faber and Mazlish demonstrate how to improve relationships with children, to make them less stressful and more rewarding. Basic Montessori: Learning Activities For Under-Fives by David Gettman Basic Montessori opens the celebrated philosophy and method to a more general public. David Gettman has devised a clear and modern explanation of Montessori’s revolutionary ideas about early intellectual development and provides a step-by-step guide to the Montessori learning activities most commonly used with under-fives. These include activities for introducing reading and writing, counting and decimal concepts, science, and geography, as well as activities that help develop the child’s practical and sensorial skills. Bringing Learning to Life: The Reggio Approach to Early Childhood Education by Louise Boyd Cadwell In this book, Cadwell helps educators understand what it means to use ideas from the Reggio Approach in their classrooms. She describes the growth and evolution of the work in the St Louis Region collaborative since the early 1990s. Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley Kids are natural tinkerers. They experiment, explore, test, and play, and they learn a great deal about problem-solving through questions and hands-on experiments. This book is about helping parents and teachers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers understand and tap into this natural energy with engaging, kid-tested, easy-to-implement projects that value process over product. The creative experiments shared in this book foster curiosity, promote creative and critical thinking and encourage tinkering–mindsets that are important to children growing up in a world that values independent thinking. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of scientists and educators who are radically changing our understanding of how children develop character, how they learn to think, and how they overcome adversity. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers; it will also change our understanding of childhood itself. How To Get Kids To Say Yes!: Using the Secret Four Color Languages to Get Kids to Listen by Ella Schreiter, Liz Schreiter, Keith Schreiter This book is really good at providing insights into children’s personality, what motivates them and how to support them. Kids view the world in different ways. Once we know how they view the world, our words get through. We don’t have to be a psychologist, psychic, or super-parent. We just have to meet kids “where they are.” How To Get Kids To Say Yes! helps you recognize which of the four basic personalities fits our kids and then talk to our kids about common words that fit their view of their world. The Complete Resource Book for Preschoolers: An Early Childhood Curriculum With Over 2000 Activities and Ideas by Pam Schiller, Kay Hastings The Complete Resource Book is perfect to use as a planning guide or as a resource for responding to children’s specific interests. The daily plans have circle time, music and movement activities, suggested books, and learning center ideas. The appendix is jam-packed with songs, recipes, and games. Though some of the stuff may seem a bit outdated, this book will give enough structure and practical ideas to the Early Childhood educator to make something personalized with less stress.

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