Favorite Resources for Teachers, Parents and Caregivers: Part 1

These are my favorite resources ranging from activity ideas, curriculum programs, engaging children in early education and more!  They are for Teachers, Parents and Caregivers!

Infant Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines (2006). Ca Dept. of Ed. 
Infant/toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines. 
-provides info on how to run a high-quality early care and education program.
-a companion to the pre-k learning and development guidelines
(you can order from Ca Dept. of Ed.)  You can also access the PDF free of charge here.

Designs For Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments by Deb Curtis and Maggie Carter
Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments
-fantastic book for anyone caring for young children!
-detailed color photos of activities and environments, how to set up specific areas in your classroom
-discusses natural environment, enhancing visual arts and literacy, discusses change and transitions, sense of belonging for a child
-includes tools for assessing your environment
Learning Together With Young Children by Deb Curtis and Maggie Carter
Learning Together with Young Children: A Curriculum Framework for Reflective Teachers
-another FANTASTIC book with beautiful color photos!
-discusses curriculum, play, child-initiated activities, research based curriculum, classroom culture, materials in a classroom
-strategies for learning, teaching , facilitating 
-includes tools for advanced curriculum planning

Rapunzel’s Supermarket: All About Young Children and their Art by Ursula Kolbe
Rapunzel's Supermarket: All about Young Children and Their Art 
-a wonderful book about children and the importance of art
-how to involve or introduce a child to each type of art medium
-Reggio inspired practices

In The Spirit of the Studio: Learning From the Atelier of Reggio Emilia by Lella Gandini
In The Spirit Of The Studio: Learning From The Atelier Of Reggio Emilia (Early Childhood Education) 
-a more advanced book about using art in Reggio based classrooms

Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales (Vintage) 
-this book was written in the 70’s and has a lot of Freudian psychology in its content, but it is extremely interesting if you are a big reader. It explains in detail why children psychologically and emotionally need fairy tales and how they comprehend them. 

The Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood by Dodge and Colker
Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood 
-many programs use this for their main curriculum and planning tool
-it's a great tool for any program to help set up spaces or centers in your classroom and/or home
-it has great pre-typed letters to give to parents about the importance of each space and specific activities in your program
-detailed materials lists and recipes for sensory activities and cooking activities

The Project Approach by Dr. Sylvia C. Chard  
The Project Approach: Making Curriculum Come Alive (Book 1) 
-little scholastic book with great tips on how to plan and facilitate the project approach in your program

Conscious Discipline by Dr. Becky A. Bailey
Conscious Discipline: 7 Basic Skills for Brain Smart Classroom Management
-great manual on classroom management, managing challenging behaviors and creating a classroom family

Emergent Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings by Susan Stacey
Emergent Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings: From Theory to Practice
-2009 book about emergent curriculum and how to introduce it into your program- step by step
-discusses the importance of documentation

Working the Reggio Way: A Beginners Guide for American Teachers by Julianne Wum
Working in the Reggio Way: A Beginner's Guide for American Teachers 
-wonderful working tool to create a Reggio-inspired program

Bringing Reggio Emilia Home by Louise Boyd Cadwell
Bringing Reggio Emilia Home: An Innovative Approach to Early Childhood Education (Early Childhood Education Series) 
-an easy to read look at one teachers time in Reggio and how she incorporated her experience in her own American classroom
-good introduction to the Reggio Emilia approach

Children with Challenging Behavior by Linda and Tom Brault
Children With Challenging Behavior: Strategies For Reflective Thinking 
 -a good workbook to help caregivers and teachers with challenging behaviors