Resources for ECE teachers

Child Development

Infants and children: Prenatal through middle childhood

A chronologically organized child development text. The authors use an integrated approach to present the development of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains. Then emphasize the complex interchanges between heredity and environment with real cross-cultural examples.


Observing development of the young child

This text contains every development domain of children and helps prepare them to be skilled observers. Inside, there is concrete detail about how to record what is observed, then interpret the data which allows teachers to plan for the lessons.


Child development

A topically organized child development text, with theory and research in child development, foundations of development, cognitive and language development, personality, and social development, then ends with contexts for development such as family, peers, media, and schooling.

Early Childhood Development Programs


Teaching and Learning in the Early Years

This textbook contains an up-to-date review of the best practice within nursery and infant education. All written around the truth of early years curriculum should begin with children, along with their needs and potential. Each chapter combines a review of important principles with practical classroom examples throughout.


Early learning through play 

Dr. David Whitebread investigates questions surrounding play and child development. He addresses four basic questions about early learning through play. First, he talks about the importance of play then the five main types of play. The benefits and drawbacks of free play are also being discussed throughout the text.


Quality of Early Childhood Development Programs in Global Contexts

This paper proposes equity as the construct central to the provision of Early Childhood Development (ECD) in an international context. Clear clarity about ECD programs is included. The authors also noted the multidimensional features of ECD such as health, protection welfare, and education, then talks about how they vary across the early childhood years.

Language and Literacy in Early Childhood


SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

This book covers all the key topics in early childhood literacy, including perspectives; literacy in families, communities and cultures; early moves in literacy; literacy in preschool settings and schools, and various research methodologies. 


Language development in early childhood education

Focuses on language development from birth through age eight. This text presents a comprehensive view of key linguistic concepts, language development theory, and research on children’s understanding of written language.


Developing Pre-School Communication and Language

This book provides useful advice on supporting and developing crucial language and communication skills for pre-schoolers from birth to five, likewise, clear guidance on appropriate expectations for each age group is given.


Integrating Language Into Early Childhood Education

There are effective instructional practices and examples for early childhood educators on creating opportunities to maintain and develop their home languages while engaging children in interactive book reading to promote their literacy development in English.


Beginning to read: Thinking and learning about print

Beginning to Read looks into the relationship between thinking and learning, also talks about the “right” way to help children learn to read. The author proposes that phonies can work together with the “whole language” approach to teaching reading and provides an integrated treatment of the knowledge and process involved in skillful reading.


Literacy development in the early years : helping children read and write 

Approaches to early literacy instructions from birth to grade three with a focus on integrating both the science and art of teaching literacy. The book presents a range of theories, research, practical strategies, and perspectives about how children learn literacy skills.

Children’s Creativity and Self-expressions


Creative thinking and arts-based learning: Preschool through fourth grade

The text teaches early childhood teachers to integrate creativity, play, and the arts into the curriculum while stimulating learning also adapt to the diversity in a different classroom. Useful assignments and in-class art activities are included helping educators to build creative and effective art classes.


Art and creative development for young children

This book discusses important topics related to creating art experiences including creative activities and seat work for preschool and kindergarten through third grade. Also talks about the planning, developing, implementing, and assessing art with strategies for integrating art in the curriculum.

Arts-related pedagogies in preschool education: An Asian perspective

A study that describes the arts education landscape in Singapore preschools. Results show art education plays an important role in preschool education. Early childhood teachers should be better prepared to foster children’s free exploration and access to resources building on their creativity and self-expression more often in art.


Music in Childhood: From Preschool Through the Elementary Grades

This text combines the best research and practical knowledge to give music education students the necessary tools to take to their future preschool and elementary classroom. The book starts from the meaning of music for children to various methods of teaching music to children such as rhythm, pitch, singing.

Beliefs and values about music in early childhood education and care: perspectives from practitioners

This paper reports findings of a study aimed to identify the music beliefs and values of educators in early childhood education and care settings in Australia. The study was separated into two parts, first, conducted a survey of music beliefs and values implemented in childcare settings and identify music beliefs and values held by early childhood educators who had concerns in child learning music.


Integrating Music into the elementary classroom

Content introduces how children learn, guidelines for teaching Music, teaching music through singing, playing instruments, listening, and movements. The author relates Music to all subject areas along with sample lesson plans for kindergarten along with more than 150 songs from different cultures and historical periods.

Promoting Children’s Physical Well-being


Developmental Physical Education for all Children

Offers teachers a conceptual framework to prepare and implement a developmental, standards-based scope and sequence for physical education in kindergarten. There are also respective grade-level outcomes, various assessments, and instructions to prepare teachers being professionally involved in school physical activity.


Experiences in Movement and Music

Resource is suitable for early childhood and physical education professionals to teach students the importance of movement in terms of the physical, emotional, and educational growth of children. And presents lesson plans, guidelines for music selection and application, maintaining positive learning environment for students.


Nutrition, health, and safety for young children : promoting wellness

Text provides early childhood teachers with a comprehensive understanding of the nutrition, health, and safety needs of children in preschool promoting wellness concepts through teaching young children ways to contribute to their wellness.

Physical Education Teacher Training in Fundamental Movement Skills Makes a Difference to Instruction and Assessment Practices

This study looked into instruction and assessment of fundamental movement skills (FMSs) by Physical Education (PE) teachers of years 7 girls. Greater FMSs traning improved assessment practice regularity and teachers had more confident in demonstrating FMSs.

Scientific and Mathematical Explorations for Young Children


Supporting early mathematical development : practical approaches to play-based learning 

This book promotes mathematical development through play-based learning. The author breaks down the complexity of teaching and learning mathematics into simple steps to guide teachers and student teachers that hope to strengthen their mathematical teaching and professional practice in their early years.


Mathematics in early years education

Covers all areas of mathematics including number and counting, calculation, pattern, shape, measures, and data handling. Wide range of practical activities and guidances on supporting preschoolers mathematical development, this book also emphasizes the importances on creating home school partnerships.


Teaching STEM in the early years : activities for integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

The foundation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) begins in the early years. The book has more than ninety activates for example outdoor time and sensory table exploration while learning the subjects. Information on assessment and early learning standards about STEM is also included


Inspiring science in the early years : exploring good practice 

This guide is ideal for early years professionals who wish to enrich early scientific learning by providing a balance between the theory of good practice and rich ideas on how teachers could put theory into practice. The book focus on how children learn about the world they live in and activities intended to develop scientific understanding.

Scientific and Mathematical Explorations for Young Children


Elementary classroom management

Examines issues and models of classroom management concerns in the 21st century elementary classrooms. The text gives clear and practical advice to assist both experienced and inexperienced teachers in developing and refining their management skills, to create an effective and enjoyable classroom.


Strategies for teachers: Teaching content and thinking skills

This is a guidebook for teachers on the basics of teaching, learning, thinking and offers a wide range of various models about teaching. Each chapter talks about a specific teaching model and gives exquisite detail of the implementation along with respective advantages, disadvantages and development of active learning. 


How to differentiate instruction in academically diverse classrooms

Written as a practical guide for teachers, teaching how to set up the flexible and supportive learning environment that promotes success, managing a differentiated classroom, also planning lessons differentiated by readiness, interest, and learning profile.


Classroom behaviour: a practical guide to effective teaching, behaviour management and colleague support

Looking at everyday classroom behaviour and issues is beneficial to all teachers. Theoretical sound strategies and practices helping to overcome issues in class are provided. There are also ways of building close and harmonious relationship with students and colleagues resulting a positive and productive learning environment.