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New at the library

October 23, 2010
The Mining Journal

The Peter White Public Library is pleased to announce the creation of a brand new collection. The Regional Child Care Resource Collection consists of items donated by Great Start, a regional partnership committed to providing a great start to every child in Marquette and Alger counties. The collection includes games, puzzles, classroom tools and picture books, all of which are housed in the Youth Services Department. In addition to the wonderful items for children, we have 129 titles in the adult nonfiction collection on the top floor to help those who have children or work with them come up with ideas for promoting learning, keeping children safe and healthy, and for having fun.

In Hey, Kids! Out the Door, Let's Explore!, Rhoda Redleaf presents 27 nature, community and concept walks that preschool and early elementary educators can use to help young learners expand their knowledge of the world around them and to support their early literacy development. Many of the walks provide opportunities for using the senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste to experience the world firsthand.

Incredible Edible Science: Recipes for Developing Science and Literacy Skills by Liz Plaster and Rick Krustchinsky offers a menu of fun food related activities for early childhood educators to develop basic science process and literacy skills in children ages 3 to 8. Following chapters on current educational theory and preparatory guidelines, Plaster and Krustchinsky present activities (from "Which lemon is mine?" to "Slithering banana boa") for such concepts and skills as observing, classifying, and measuring.

The Baby Bistro: Child-Approved Recipes and Expert Nutrition Advice for the First Year by Christina Schmidt is based on the most current nutritional information. This concise guide offers new mothers a focused introduction to feeding babies healthy, nutritious foods during their first 12 months of life. Tips are offered throughout to help parents develop an approach to food that is easy, organized and fun. Features on shopping and topics such as how to read a food label are also included.

Developmentally Appropriate Play: Guiding Young Children to a Higher Level by Gaye Gronlund presents a practical text that analyzes the processes and identifies actions that early childhood teachers can take to engage their students in high level play experiences. Filled with ideas and strategies for various types of play: dramatic play, block play, play with sensory materials (sand, water), and play with manipulatives, the text is based on guiding principles from the 2009 guide released by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Deployment: Strategies for Working with Kids in Military Families by Karen Petty was written for child care professionals who work with children from military families. Petty explains the best practices for offering emotional support to children dealing with repeated deployments, grief and other circumstances particular to military service.

Helping Hyperactive Kids, a Sensory Integration Approach: Techniques and Tips for Parents and Professionals by Lynn Horowitz explains how sensory integration has provided help to children with behavior, learning and motor skills problems for over 40 years. A treatment based on play, it helps children absorb, process and respond to information in an appropriate manner. This book provides a complete overview and explanation of the therapy, as well as practical sensory integrationbased techniques that can be used by teachers and parents to help the hyperactive child.

Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing and Responding Effectively by Barbara Kaiser offers teaching strategies for in-service and pre-service teachers. The book describes different types of challenging behavior in young children and offers strategies for preventing this behavior, addressing it when it occurs and teaching children appropriate alternatives. Information and techniques are drawn from neuroscience, psychology, special education, cross-cultural research, and proactive social skills programs.

Math at Their Own Pace: Child-Directed Activities for Developing Early Number Sense by Greg Nelson presents approximately 100 activities to encourage early childhood number sense and math skills. The mostly hands-on tasks correspond with the goals of increasing awareness of stable quantity, counting, recognition and writing of numbers 0 to 9, connection of numerals to quantities, and part-whole awareness. The final section discusses the teaching potential of commercial games such as Mancala, and includes reproducible materials.

- Ellen Moore

Reference librarian

 
 

 

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