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Gryphon House releases “Getting to the Heart of Learning”




Anna Wilmoth

Gryphon House, Inc.





Gryphon House releases “Getting to the Heart of Learning: Social-Emotional Skills across the Early Childhood Curriculum”

Ellen Booth Church’s new book weaves social-emotional learning into daily lesson planning

Lewisville, N.C. – Gryphon House, Inc., the nation’s leading publisher of educational resources for teachers of children ages birth to 8, announced today a new activity book centered on social-emotional learning. “Getting to the Heart of Learning: Social-Emotional Skills across the Early Childhood Curriculum,” by Ellen Booth Church, offers activities designed to connect social-emotional learning seamlessly to the classroom curriculum.

Each activity is embedded with child-development tips, research-based guidelines, and information that supports teachers in knowing why each activity is designed a certain way and how to encourage children to keep learning. From circle time to group activities and taking the concepts home, the book promotes open-ended and creative explorations that also encourage family engagement.

“Preschool and kindergarten teachers recognize both the need to address social development in their students and with their students’ families and the need to teach the basic skills that are essential to learning,” Church says. “These two things do not need to be separate. The trick is to recognize the connection and emphasize it in our interactions with children.”

Rather than adding activities throughout the day, these explorations integrate social-emotional learning across the curriculum through group involvement and building community.

“Getting to the Heart of Learning: Social-Emotional Skills across the Early Childhood Curriculum” (ISBN 978-0-87659-580-0, 180 pp., $16.95) will be available for purchase in June 2015. Educators may preorder books here. For writers interested in e-galley copies, please email annawilmoth@kaplanco.com,


About the Author

Ellen Booth Church, a former associate professor of early childhood at SUNY Farmingdale, has shared her unusual approach of combining cognitive learning experiences with creative play in a variety of books, magazines, and articles for early childhood educators. Church is currently an adjunct professor of early childhood at Nova Southeastern University and is developing preschools in India and Nepal as well as presenting keynotes at conferences around the world.


About Gryphon House, Inc.

Gryphon House, Inc. is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Developmentally appropriate and easy to use, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children. To learn more, or to check out the entire collection, visit www.gryphonhouse.com.


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