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  • 1.  Book Study

    Posted 05-25-2017 08:18 AM
    I am looking for ideas for a book study for my preschool teachers.  I have 8 preschool teachers (4 year-old program) that include public school, parochial and a YMCA preschool teachers that all come together and collaborate throughout the year, attend professional development, etc.  This year, they read the book  Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky.  I am searching for ideas for a new book for next school year that would be relevant for preschool teachers.  Any recommendations on books?  Thanks!

    Timothy Wagner
    Johnson Elementary School
    Spencer IA

  • 2.  RE: Book Study

    Posted 05-25-2017 08:56 AM
    In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences by Thomas Armstrong

    Sensory Processing 101 by Dayna Abraham (this is an incredibly easy to understand book with awesome pictures and lists that describe the behavior and corresponding activities to offer that can help meet the sensory needs of the child.)  Every classroom should have a copy to refer to often.

    Diana Bird
    Bright Shining Stars Preschool
    Meridian ID

  • 3.  RE: Book Study

    Posted 05-25-2017 12:35 PM
    We, our infant, toddler, and preschool teachers,  have studied the following in recent years:

    "Growing Minds" by Carol Copple  which looked at cognition.

    "Heart-Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature" by Nancy Rosenow which involved much self-reflection.

    "Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children" by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky which provides visual examples of the use of recycled materials divided into chapters delineating types of play. For each chapter, we designed our own activity/classroom space, reflected on it, and then shared these reflections with each other.

    "The Power of Emergent Curriculum: Stories from Early Childhood Settings" by Carol Anne Wien.

    We learned a lot from each of these studies and I would recommend all of them.

    Jane Pinto
    Brookline Schools Staff CC
    Chestnut Hill MA

  • 4.  RE: Book Study

    Posted 05-26-2017 04:02 AM
    Constructive Guidance by Marjorie Fields published by Pearson.  Ok disclosure....I am a co- author but I loved this book and used it long before she invited me to help slightly and then gave me author status.  It is still very much her book.  Witty and wise.  An entertaining read with Deep thoughts to support powerful discussion.  For the whole staff to read it together would be fabulous because they could form a cohesive approach for long term development of moral autonomy in children.  Really great ideas to share with families too.

    Patricia Meritt
    Fairbanks AK

  • 5.  RE: Book Study

    Posted 05-26-2017 07:53 AM
    I have used Sharing the Blue Crayon by Mary Anne Buckley.  It is all about how to integrate social, emotional and literacy learning.

    Joseph Coffey
    Onslow County Partnership for Children
    Jacksonville NC

  • 6.  RE: Book Study

    Posted 05-26-2017 09:53 AM

    Hello Timothy,

    I think book studies are a fabulous way for teachers to become engaged in their professional development.

    Have you done a survey to ask the key areas of professional growth that teachers are interested in? The more you know about their own PD goals the easier it will be to find a book that resonates with the group.

    Over the years I have done teacher book studies with the following books:

    Bringing Learning to Life - Louise Boyd Cadwell

    Constructivism across the Curriculum in Early Childhood Classooms: Big Ideas as Inspiration - Christine Chaille

    Learning Together with Young Children - A Curriculum Framework for Reflective Teachers by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter

    The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation by Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini and George Foreman.

    Hope this is helpful!


    Susan MacDonald
    Inspiring New Perspectives
    Waltham MA


  • 7.  RE: Book Study

    Posted 05-26-2017 10:00 AM
    I love "Still Teaching in the Key of Life by Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld.  Something easy to read and I think we all enjoy reading teacher stories!
    Sound like a great group to enjoy books with!   Have fun.

    Kaye Ketterer
    Madison WI

  • 8.  RE: Book Study

    Posted 05-26-2017 12:11 PM
    A great book for professional development is The importance of being little by Erika Christakis.

    Catherine Prudhoe
    West Chester PA

  • 9.  RE: Book Study

    Posted 05-26-2017 02:18 PM
    Managing Emotional Mayhem by Dr. Becky Bailey has many wonderful tools to help teachers understand and deal with classroom challenges.  This one book alone can help your teachers transform their classrooms, increase their teaching satisfaction and lower stress levels for both staff and children.  I highly recommend it.

    Ida Bauer
    UCCS Family Development Center
    Colorado Springs CO

  • 10.  RE: Book Study

    Posted 05-26-2017 10:44 PM
    I am currently using "What if Everyone Understood Child Development" by Rae Pica with my group.

    Sara Mulso
    Saint Paul MN

  • 11.  RE: Book Study

    Posted 05-27-2017 10:40 PM
    Try the new book Saving Play by Gaye Gronlund and Tom Rendon. We recently use it as the theme for our Iowa AEYC Sprong Leadership Institute and it was received enthusiastically by all. Very thought provoking.
    Barb Merrill
    Iowa AEYC Executive Director

    Barbara Merrill
    Johnston IA

  • 12.  RE: Book Study

    Posted 05-30-2017 09:04 AM
    We frequently use Community Playthings books. They usually will send me enough for all of my staff at not cost and they are high quality books that relate to many topics. The last one we used was called "Why Children Matter". Everyone enjoyed the information and shared during out discussions.

    Diane Hendrick
    Latrobe PA