This book contains hundreds of accessible, teacher-written learning center activities. The GIANT Encyclopedia of Learning Center Activities is the eighth book in Gryphon House's GIANT Encyclopedia series. The learning centers in this book can either be permanent year-long centers or set up and removed according to the season or children's interests and needs. Through play, young children learn to communicate, interact, and expand their cognitive thinking horizons. The GIANT Encyclopedia of Learning Center Activities provides the resources to make play meaningful and educational for young children.
This book offers:
Over 600 activities and 47 learning centers, including familiar, permanent centers, such as Art or Blocks, and new and exciting centers, such as Farm, Space, Safari, Shoe Store, and Ice Cream Shop.
Opportunities in each center for children to work at their own developmental level.
Materials lists for each activity, step-by-step instructions, and related books, songs, and poems.
Fresh new ideas from teachers who have used these activities in their own classrooms!
About the authors
These books are the result of a nation-wide contest that calls for original ideas from teachers in early childhood. Of the submissions, only the most creative and unique are included in the book. The authors of this book are teachers from across the country, and in some instances, across the world, who submitted their original ideas to Gryphon House's call for activities. Over 60 authors were selected to have their work published in this GIANT Encyclopedia. The activities selected represent the creativity and resourcefulness of teachers from all walks of life and all experience levels. Their contributions are evidence that teachers from all over continue to work hard to create effective learning centers to help children develop essential skills for life.
Kathy Charner is the Editor in Chief, Books and Related Resources for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading professional organization for those working with and on behalf of young children from birth through age 8. Charner, who was previously the Editor in Chief of Gryphon House, manages and oversees NAEYC’s book publishing program. Before joining NAEYC, Charner spent 25 years at Gryphon House, where she developed the publishing program and worked with authors to create books that positively impacted the early childhood education field. Prior to joining Gryphon House, Charner was a preschool teacher and educational researcher. Kathy Charner has a BA in Humanities from Binghamton University. She lives with her husband in Silver Spring, Maryland.