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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education


This film deals with the WHY's, WHAT's, and HOW's of including rich, developmentally appropriate mathematics experiences for young children in Pre-Kindergarten classrooms:

WHY? Research indicates the long lasting educational benefits young children take with them from positive introductions to key math concepts and ways of thinking quantitatively.

WHAT? The film illustrates several "BIG ideas" that should be the focus of early math experiences as presented by experts from Erikson Institute's Early Mathematics Education Project.

HOW? Lively footage of five very different Pre-K classrooms demonstrates how foundational math can be joyful incorporated in both informal and planned activities.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2012 / 36 minutes

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When women are pregnant or breastfeeding, they have special nutritional needs. Registered Dietitian Melissa Halas-Liang explains the nutritional considerations for women and their new babies during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including:
  • Nutrients and extra calories
  • Foods to be avoided and food safety practices
  • Favorite nutritious snacks and meals
  • Advice from a real mom on navigating pregnancy

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2012 / 20 minutes

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    Working with Children and Families to Support English Language Learners.

    Chapter 1: Development of English Language Learners
    Chapter 2: Working with Families of English Language Learners
    Chapter 3: Integrating Content Learning & English Language Learners

    DVD / 2011 / 60 minutes

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    Learn how the physical environment can support social and emotional development. Re-direction and setting limits aid in positive development. Finding "hot spots" can help ease difficulties.

    Chapter 1: Developing Positive Relationships to Support Young Children's Social and Emotional Development
    Chapter 2: Preventive Practices in the Preschool Classroom
    Chapter 3: Developing Social Skills and Utilizing Positive Guidance Strategies in Managing Everyday Challenges

    DVD / 2011 / 60 minutes

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    See how teachers use nature and the environment to help children learn across a wide array of disciplines. Visit two playscapes, or natural playgrounds, to see how teachers integrate nature into all learning. Learn the key features of this new phenomenon. Watch teachers as they help children learn to love nature and gain higher levels of thinking about the environment, science & their place in the world.

    Chapter 1: Romancing Nature
    Chapter 2: Designing Nature Spaces
    Chapter 3: Environmental Education

    DVD / 2011 / 60 minutes

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    Learning shapes deepens mathematical understanding. Children build future math skills through patterning. Measurement begins in infancy. Exploring length, volume and time supports later learning.

    Chapter 1: Geometry
    Chapter 2: Patterning
    Chapter 3: Measurement

    DVD / 2010 / 90 minutes

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    Discover how to awaken creative expression and encourage artistic growth. Learn how the Universal Design for Learning supports the success of children. Explore how to implement art experiences that meet the developmental needs of children at all levels.

    Chapter 1: Art as an Open-ended Process
    Chapter 2: Universal Design and Art Education
    Chapter 3: Art and the Integrated Curriculum

    DVD / 2009 / 84 minutes

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    Learn how use quality literature and opportunities for interactive reading. See how to promote a child's understanding of print. Explore ways to integrate literacy activities throughout the learning environment.

    Chapter 1: Quality Literature is the Foundation for Interactive Reading
    Chapter 2: Knowledge of Print Awareness and Emergent Writing Guides Planning
    Chapter 3: Planning for Intentional Teaching Opportunities Throughout the Classroom

    DVD / 2008 / 90 minutes

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    Observation and reflection informs instructional strategies. Learn how to integrate mathematics throughout the learning environment to create intentional teaching opportunities.

    Chapter 1: Knowledge of Mathematical Thinking Guides Planning
    Chapter 2: Teacher Reflection Informs Planning
    Chapter 3: Planning for Intentional Teaching Opportunities

    DVD / 2008 / 67 minutes

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    Learn to extend science activities to promote higher-level thinking. See how integrating science learning throughout the environment can create a rich and meaningful science curriculum.

    Chapter 1: Children's Development of Scientific Knowledge Guides Planning
    Chapter 2: Teacher Reflection Informs Planning
    Chapter 3: Integrating Science Throughout the Classroom

    DVD / 2008 / 83 minutes

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    Understand how the learning environment can support social studies learning. Learn how to encourage children to learn collaboratively, becoming contributing citizens in a community. See how to help children construct an understanding of time, supporting history content standards.

    Chapter 1: Creating an Environment that Supports Social Studies Content
    Chapter 2: Fostering a Classroom Community
    Chapter 3: Building a Foundation for History

    DVD / 2008 / 84 minutes

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    Who better for students to learn from about Early Childhood careers than professionals who are enjoying successful careers? Interviews with a variety of high-energy, engaging professionals who work with children will illustrate the range of choices for students today. Students will hear from a variety of professionals including a:
  • Kindergarten Teacher;
  • Head Start Associate Director of Operations;
  • Public Health Nurse;
  • In-Home Childcare Provider;
  • Elementary School Principal;
  • Montessori School Director; and
  • Pediatrician.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2004 / (Grades 9-12) / 17 minutes

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    This program draws on the efforts of neuroscientists, skilled child-care providers, nationally renowned scholars and experts, public policy makers and experienced parents to provide the vital information educators, librarians and parents require to help children grow to their fullest potential.

  • "Recommended. Highlights a collaborative early childcare model to illustrate characteristics of quality, such as teacher-child relationships, licensing/accreditation, special learning needs and staff development." -Natl. Parent Info Network

    DVD / 2004 / (Adult) / 45 minutes

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    With Elena Bodrova, Ph.D. and Deborah Leong, Ph.D.

    We have always wanted all children to read and write fluently. But with our growing dependence on computer based communication and the return of public interest in early schooling, much attention is being paid to the attainment of literacy. Fortunately, some of this interest has resulted in careful research into what skills, understandings and attitudes are necessary prerequisites for success in the primary grades.

    Filmed in several multicultural preschool and kindergarten classrooms, this film reviews the underlying cognitive, social and physical requirements for all formal education and then presents the literacy specific understandings and skills that are being widely cited, but not always adequately described. Along with instructive visuals from these classrooms, serious scholarship and clever graphics are combined to introduce students to current concepts and the specialized vocabulary pertaining to the development of literacy. Rejecting the "either/or" approach of the reading wars, this video presents an integrated vision of how the precursors of literacy grow from appropriate experiences provided by thoughtful adults to the children in their care.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2000 / 30 minutes

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    Teach basic principles involved in providing safe food for children from birth through age six. A noted child care expert discusses bacteria that cause food-borne illness and explains why these pathogens can be especially dangerous to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. She guides us through a grocery store and presents techniques for being a "safe shopper." Then, she emphasizes the importance of sanitizing and disinfecting all food preparation surfaces at home and at the child care location. Viewers learn specific food safety precautions to take with young children, such as foods to avoid, working with "at-risk" foods and packing safe lunches. Active children, parents and caregivers illustrate the food safety issues.

    DVD / 2000 / 31 minutes

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    Good nutrition for children does not just happen; it takes knowledge and planning. The registered dietitian in the presentation increases our understanding of nutritional guidelines and the affects of early nutrition on growth and development. Viewers explore the distinct nutritional needs of young children during four stages: birth to 4-months, 4-12-months, 1-3-years and 4-6-years. The expert alerts parents and caregivers to negative trends in children's eating habits and shows how to promote exercise as part of a lifelong habit of good nutrition. Active, young children, parents and caregivers illustrate ways to incorporate healthy eating habits into our daily lives.

    DVD / 2000 / 27 minutes

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    Using animation and jargon-free narration, this charming film summarizes what is currently known about learning from brain research, cognitive development research and contemporary educational practice. Designed to be used as an introduction to discussion of school and teaching practices, this film also serves as an introduction to the study of learning in introductory education and psychology classes.

    Animation depicts the firing of synapses, the growth of dendrites and the concept of the brain plasticity, making the point that learning is as basic a human activity as breathing or eating. Factors that lead to school success are presented in a model that reflects the work of Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky without mentioning them by name. This video can thus serve as a starting point for a range of audiences interested in educational matters but leery of jargon-filled expositions.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 1997 / 23 minutes

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    With David Elkind, Ph.D.

    Nothing in human experience is quite so astonishing as the enormous changes that occur during the five short years that transform the newborn into the actively curious, exploring kindergartner. This film examines the work of Lev Vygotsky and Jean Piaget, illuminating the similarities and differences of their contributions to our understanding of the cognitive development of young children. Dr. Elkind uses their research and his own work to look at three aspects of intellectual growth: reasoning, visual perception, and language use. Children are seen both in interview situations and busily participating in an accredited child care center to illustrate Dr. Elkind's points about their ever-changing intellectual abilities.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 1996 / 25 minutes

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    With Alice Sterling Honig, Ph.D.

    Using vignettes filmed at an exemplary children's center, students are introduced to the vocabulary of language studies. Dr. Honig describes the development of spoken language in infancy, toddlerhood and early childhood. She details strategies caregivers should use to nourish language development during the early stages of language acquisition. The video abounds with excellent examples of adults interacting verbally with children, illustrating Dr. Honig's ardent belief in the importance of language to the intellectual, social and emotional development of young children.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 1996 / 31 minutes

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    With Elena Bodrova, Ph.D. and Deborah Leong, Ph.D.

    This film offers both theoretical and practical perspectives on dramatic play. Using enchanting sequences of young children playing house, doctor's office, rescue squadron, and trick or treating, the theoretical positions of Lev Vygotsky and other prominent theorists have taken in systematically studying play are illustrated. This film carefully reviews the traditional ways of studying play: the Freudian-Eriksonian emphasis on its emotional content, the Piagetian view of its importance in symbolic representation and the social psychological approach of looking at how play contributes to socialization. Lev Vygotsky's unique contribution of seeing play as an arena in which a child can begin to master her own behavior is carefully detailed. The video ends with practical suggestions for fostering high level play in early childhood settings.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 1996 / 26 minutes

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    By Ingrid Chalufour, Karen Worth
    This comprehensive set makes it easy to get started with the Building Structures with Young Children curriculum. Six basic and eight advanced workshops guide you step by step through the curriculum, developing skills in inquiry-based teaching and science education. The full-color DVD presents eight real-life vignettes of the curriculum in action for observation, reflection, and discussion.

    DVD (With Publication)

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    By Ingrid Chalufour, Karen Worth

    You can introduce children to the wonders of science with Discovering Nature With Young Children, a nationally field-tested curriculum funded partly by the National Science Foundation. Rather than focusing on learning facts without direct experience or observing random objects on a table, Discovering Nature makes science the exploration of materials and phenomena. It then gives children opportunities to learn from that experience.

    The comprehensive trainer's guide and video give you an in-depth look-and visual tour-of the complete Discovering Nature with Young Children curriculum. The guide goes step by step through discussion plans, sample charts and forms, and extensive resource suggestions. The DVD includes eight real-life vignettes of the curriculum in use in the classroom.

    The curriculum guide helps teachers prepare themselves and their classroom for a new approach to science learning. It guides teachers as they plan open and focused explorations, ranging from indoor terraria to outdoor animal searches and habitat discussions. Later, it helps teachers observe, assess, and document children's learning.

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    By Ingrid Chalufour, Karen Worth

    Water is all around us. In the third component of the Young Scientist Series, teachers learn how to guide children in deepening their understanding of liquids, and water, in particular. Teachers begin by preparing themselves and their classroom for investigations ranging from experimenting at the water table to exploring water in nature. Next, teachers hone their ability to guide children's open and focused explorations of water and its properties, and learn how to best observe, assess, and document learning. Four detailed chapters help children learn important science inquiry skills including questioning, investigating, discussing, and formulating ideas and theories.

    The comprehensive trainer's guide and video makes it easy to get teachers started with the Exploring Water with Young Children curriculum. Six basic and eight advanced workshops guide teachers step by step through the curriculum, developing skills in inquiry-based teaching and science education. The guide also includes strategies for supporting teachers over time through mentoring and guided discussions, as well as detailed charts, forms, and reproducible overheads for extended study and reflection. The full-color DVD presents eight real-life vignettes of the curriculum in action for observation, reflection, and discussion.

    DVD (With Publication)

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    Journey with a group of preschool children as they explore the life of a leaf. A companion to The Language of Art and To See Takes Time, this CD focuses on the children's perspectives-a long-term investigation through discussions and debates, graphic and sculptural representations, and relationships with each other and their families.

    DVD (With CD, Publication)

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