Praise for The Inclusive Learning Center Book:
"Any teacher who wants to use developmentally appropriate practices to include children with special needs in learning centers will find this a necessary addition to the library."
"The Inclusive Learning Center Book focuses on interest centers. It offers an overview of traditional centers--block, library, and writing, for example. It also gives an overview of more unconventional centers, such as the private place, the tactile center, and the ball center. Each center descriptions contains learning objectives, lists of props that support discovery, curriculum connections, and a sampling of activities and appropriate accommodations. Inclusive Lesson Plans and The Inclusive Learning Center Book share a significant strength. They are both enthusiastic about helping teachers building meaningful preschool experiences for every child - and offer tools to help every teacher succeed. The introductions of both books review the basics of early childhood education. Each offers both experienced and novice teachers ideas for expanding traditional themes. Both books provide guidance on modifications and accommodations for chidren with disabilities. But most importantly, both ofer support to programs and teachers who want to make the successful inclusion of children with disabilities a hallmark of their work."
--Texas Child Care
"The authors bring unique backgrounds to The Inclusive Learning Center Book. Christy Isbell is a pediatric occupational therapist with specialized training in both Sensory Integration and Neurodevelopmental Treatment. Her experience in evaluation and treatment of preschoolers with special needs strengthens the adaptations and evaluation methods section of the book. She coauthored with Rebecca Isbell The Complete Learning Spaces Book for Infants and Toddlers, designed to help busy teachers meet the challenge of creating an effective learning environment for very young children.
"Rebecca Isbell is Director of Tennessee's Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning. She has worked to create inclusive environments that are good for all children. She is also a Professor at East Tennessee State University where she received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching. In addition to The Complete Learning Spaces Book for Infants and Toddlers, she is the co"author of Early Learning Environments That Work!, which explores how to utilize furniture, color, materials, storage, lighting, and more to maximize children's learning in any and all classroom environments.
Praise for Sensory Integration:
"Sensory Integration is recommended as required reading for all preschool teachers, and would be highly informative reading for the parents of chidren with sensory disorders as well."
--The Midwest Book Review
"I will be a better teacher because of this book."
--RaeLynne Snyder, Master Teacher at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
"The book describes details about different types of sensory integration problems, such as the avoider, the seeker, and the under-responder in these areas: visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular, and proprioception. Many practical suggestions are given which teachers and parents can use to help the child function better. This is a valuable handbook of well organized information including references, resources, a glossary, appendix, and index."
--Betsy B. Lee, EdS, Learning Abilities Books
"Great ideas. I like the case studies--very informative and well written. Very good resource for staff."
--2008 Directors' Choice Judge
"In a format written for the practitioner, this book defines Sensory Integration Processing (SIP), explains why it is important in the development of preschool children, and discusses what happens when this normal process of development goes awry….With great detail, yet in a style that is easy to read and understand, the authors explain each possible scenario when children present with visual, auditory, ortactile issues….This book is a wonderful tool for the preschool teacher. The plethora of strategies and techniques are shared in such away that the teacher will know what strategy to use specifically for which child’s needs….I highly recommend this book, as it provides sensible options to help children with Sensory Integration Disorder learn in the typical classroom.”"
--Childhood Education, June 2008
"If you're concerned that your young child might be struggling with learning through the senses of touch, sight, sound, movement, taste, or smell, read Sensory Integration: A Guide for Preschool Teachers... You'll find an abundance of practical solutions for sensory challenges, explained in plain language, for helping children with specific behaviors."
--Melissa L. Morgan, "Practical Homeschooling"
Praise for Early Learning Environments that Work:
“This welcome book summarizes everything we have known about designing environments for young children and adds newer inspiration from Reggio Emilia classrooms. Everything we are learning from brain research and child development study underscores the importance of an environment with which children can interact, and the importance of teachers in designing that environment. This will be one of the essential books on the early educator's bookshelf.”
—Gwen Morgan, Center for Career Development, Wheelock College
“Early Learning Environments that Work is a great addition to the resources currently available to teachers and directors trying to put together quality environments that support children' s development. Filled with practical ideas and pictures and grounded in an understanding of emergent curriculum, this is book that will be put to use right away.”
—Jim Greenman, author
"Wonderful ideas & images that encourage children and teachers to watch, wait & wonder! Early Learning Environments that Work incorporates the best of all the environmental adaptations available in our field."
—Diane Umstead, Program Manager, Child Care Aware
Praise for Tell It Again! 2:
"This would be a wonderful educational ritual to add to your routine...the authors of this book can help you. They have selected a number of excellent tales that fit the developmental needs and interests of young children..."
"Tell It Again! 2 is an essential resource for parents and grandparents."
"If you're looking for a way to jump-start your child's imagination, start with a story from this book and see where it takes you."
--Christian Parenting Today
"You've made my workload easier. The stories are very doable with the young children. The hints and directives at the side of the story help me to recall the sequence of events. The activities, questions and storytelling tips bring out the story and help the children to think what if they were Jack or the Little Red Hen."
--Janet Yap, Hawaii State Library
"The way the stories are presented in this book make it simple for a teacher who is new to storytelling to approach it with confidence."
--Laverne Nelson, University of Arkansas
"This is an extremely good book!"
--Amy Roberts, McPhaul Child Development Center, University of Georgia
--Beverly C. Oglesby, kindergarten teacher
"I own all the books written by Isbell and Raines, and I will buy anything they write."
"Tell It Again! 2 is a wonderful way to keep traditional literature in the classroom."