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Teachers of young children are always looking for fresh, hands-on activities to engage their students and build their kwledge of the world through firsthand experiences with objects. This invative resource guides teachers in developing tactile lessons utilizing inexpensive, readily available objects to engage young children's senses and interest. Ideal as a supplement to a primary curriculum as well as for learning centers, this volume includes more than 1,000 sample activities using materials such as cotton balls, paper, and wheels. The activities are organized into 18 themes and grouped into the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, physical development, and creativity. Reflected throughout the book is a unique approach that: presents a new and simple way to design themes and activities that guarantees hands-on learning experiences; complements any curriculum; offers suggestions on how to modify activities to respond to children's developmental levels; and, includes an additional list of over 60 generic tactile activities that can be adapted for a variety of content areas. Hands-On Learning! is the ideal companion for early childhood educators seeking to provide positive experiential learning opportunities for young students.
Gwen Snyder Kaltman has spent more than 25 years working with young children, their parents, and teachers. She is the author of Help! For Teachers of Young Children: 88 Tips to Develop Children's Social Skills and Create Positive Teacher-Family Relationships and More Help! For Teachers of Young Children: 99 Tips to Promote Intellectual Development and Creativity. She has been a preschool teacher, director, college instructor, and educational trainer in various parts of the country and has also been a validator for the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, the accreditation division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Kaltman has worked with young children in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia. She has trained teachers working in Head Start programs in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and rural Georgia and in child care centers and preschools in the suburbs of New York City and Washington, DC. She has observed preschool classes in such diverse places as China, Easter Island, Greenland, India, Malta, Mongolia, Tibet, Tanzania, Venezuela, and native villages above the Arctic Circle and along the Amazon and Sepik rivers. She earned her BS and MEd in early childhood education from the University of Maryland.