Consortium Publishing

Child Development & Education

ISBN 0-940139-35-9, 96 pages, paper


This book is a philosophical and practical guide to appropriate actions by teachers in the classroom setting. It emphasizes and uses the child development knowledge base as a guide to appropriate management of children, the classroom environment and the curriculum. Although this guide is written for teachers, it is also very helpful to parents and others who are interested in creating a growth-enhancing environment for children.


Chapters: 1-You are a teacher, 2-Your youngsters must like you, 3-Your youngsters must like their work, 4-Your youngsters must like themselves, 5-Your youngsters can climb the highest peaks.





ISBN 0-940139-33-2, 96 pages, paper


This book is a philosophical and practical guide to appropriate discipline by teachers. It focuses on managing children’s behavior within the classroom setting and describes various strategies for promoting good behavior and correcting misbehavior. Although this guide is written for teachers, it is also very helpful to parents and others who are interested in improving their child management skills and teaching good behavior to children.

Chapters: 1-The nature of the problem, 2-Teaching discipline to stable children, 3-Remedial teaching of discipline, 4-The nature of the solutions.





CHILD UNDER SIX, 2nd Ed. by James L. Hymes, Jr. $19.99
ISBN 0-940139-27-8, 344 pages, paper

A revised and updated classic by an icon in the field of early childhood development and education. This is a very practical, down-to-earth book about children under six. It describes how they think, feel and act and why they behave as they do.

Written for the parent, parent-to-be, teacher, child care worker, and others who are interested in promoting the growth, development and behavior of young children, this book provides many helpful hints and developmentally appropriate practices that can be used daily to create a sense of security and well-being in both the adult and child.

In his long and successful career, James L. Hymes, Jr. has earned the respect and admiration of not only his colleagues but also of parents and others interested in young children. In 1994, the National Association for the Education of Young Children presented its first Award for Advancing the Early Childhood Profession and the Goals of NAEYC to Professor Hymes. He is an outstanding first recipient as he has been an ever-present and effective guiding force to the many, who take seriously the nurturing of young children.


LEARNING CENTERS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, 4e by Georgia Bradley Houle $19.99
ISBN 0-940139-43-X, 112 pages, paper


This book introduces the reader to the concept of and philosophy behind the learning center approach. Each chapter focuses on one of seventeen different types of learning centers. Drawings are offered to represent what the centers might look like. Each chapter identifies the educational value, materials commonly found and used in the center, and focuses on special aspects. Recommendations are offered and connections are made between concepts and practices. The vignettes offered in each chapter contain additional suggestions and examples to show how the author has used the various learning centers in her work with children from toddlers to primary grades. The vignettes create a vivid image of the interaction of the children, adults and materials. The reader can sense the emotional climate that is created to promote appropriate interaction and learning. It is like being there yourself.

Chapters: 1-Introduction. 2-Staff and Parent Area, 3-Painting and Sculpture, 4-Collage and Construction, 5-Carpentry, 6-Water and Sand, 7-Physical Science, 8-Mathematics, 9-Blocks and Transportation, 10-Living Things, 11-Family Life, 12-

Dramatic Play and Prop Boxes, 13-Music and Listening, 14-Table Activities and Games, 15-Language Arts and the Writing Center/The Sharing Area, 16-The Library Area, 17-Large Muscle and Relaxation Skills Area, 18-Computer Center, 19-The Response of Children to Computers, 20-About the Author


ISBN 0-940139-01-4, 24 pages, paper

This powerful little book describes the adverse effects which sex role stereotyping has on the growth, learning, and behavior of young children. Through her own experiences in a variety of early childhood programs and careful observation of children in these various settings, the author came to an important conclusion: helping children adjust to traditional sex roles was contradictory to helping them develop their potential. Through many concrete examples, the author makes a convincing argument for liberating young children from sex roles and clearly shows how this can free children to be all they can be in positive ways. This book offers an important philosophical and practical guide to teaching and parenting.

Chapters: 1-Teaching Sex Role Stereotypes, 2- Confronting Children's Acts of Exclusion, 3-Helping Individual Children Break Out, 4- What Kind Of Models Are We?, 5- The Positive Alternative, 6-An Anti-Sexist Curriculum, 7- It Begins With Ourselves


ISBN 0-940139-55-3, 124 pages, paper

This workbook establishes and describes a format for acquiring knowledge and skill in observing, recording and interpreting the behavior of young children. It offers and outlines a variety of observation assignments and was developed to be used primarily but not exclusively in conjunction with OBSERVING AND RECORDING THE BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG CHILDREN, Third Edition by Cohen, Stern and Balaban. Yet, this edition is designed so it may be used as an independent text if desired. Forms for reporting on each observation are provided and the pages can be easily removed from the binding.

Chapters: Part One:  Preparatory Matters: 1-Introduction, 2-Getting Ready, 3-Getting Started, 4-Observing and Reporting Procedures, 5-  Observation Report Form Example, 6-Children's Characteristics and Needs; Part Two:  Observational Assignments: 7- Child's Behavior During Routines, 8-Child's Use of Preferred Equipment And Materials, 9-Child's Use of Non-Preferred Equipment and Materials, 10-Children's Behavior with One Another, 11-Children's Behavior in Dramatic Play, 12-Child's Individualized Interaction with Adults, 13-Child's Behavior within a Teacher-Directed Group Activity, 14-Conservation of Number, 15-Conservation of Space, 16-Conservation of Liquid Substance, 17-Conservation of Solid Substance, 18-Cognitive Style of Preschool Children, 19-Moral Dilemma, 20-Moral Development:  Role of Intent, 21-Children's Increasing Power to Think, 22-Children's Developing Language 


SHARED SPACES by Georgia Bradley Houle $16.99
ISBN 0-940139-24-3, 64 pages, paper


This book is written for those who are operating early childhood education or child care programs in facilities that are used for other programs or purposes at other times. This includes the homes of some care givers. This book emerged from the author’s own experience in working with young children in both home based and center based settings, and from informal conversations and formal conferences with child care professionals who sought the author’s help to reconcile the many problems that emerge when space is shared. From these experiences evolved the many practical and creative solutions, which is the content of this book.


The Preface of the book describes the basic premise and the general solution to problems, which emerge when space is shared. The individual chapters address specific solutions to specific problems within a particular setting. Hence, the content of Shared Spaces is divided into two major parts.         Part One covers the special concerns and solutions for home based care.         Part Two addresses problems and solutions for center based care. Nevertheless, professionals in each setting may benefit from the content and solutions described in the other. These solutions are not only described but also clearly illustrated. Consequently, the reader can actually visualize how a given solution might be applied in a particular setting and how that solution might also be modified in order to be “tailored” to program and user needs. Indeed, each picture is worth a thousand words in this problem-solving book.

Chapters: 1-Home Day Care, 2-Home Day Care of Infants and Toddlers, 3-The Office, 4-Center Based Care, 5-Conclusion


STUDENT TEACHING MANUAL, 3e revised by John M. Carlevale $22.99
ISBN 0-940139-36-7, 206 pages, paper


This text is intended for use at the beginning level of student teaching. It was written for student teachers and supervisory personnel. The manual has three parts.         Part One is the Student Teacher Handbook, which is intended to help the student get ready for and anticipate what will be experienced during the initial phases of student teaching. It contains an extensive review of the evaluation process and evaluation criteria for student performance.         Part Two is the Student Teacher Workbook, which is intended to guide the student through prescribed observations and assignments. Observation guides and report forms are provided on perforated pages, which may be easily removed from the binding by the student for evaluation by the college supervisor.         Part Three is the Student Teacher Journal, which provides a place for the student teacher to record thoughts, feelings, observations, and other noteworthy data for immediate and/or future reference.


TEACHING THE CHILD UNDER SIX, 4th Ed by James L. Hymes, Jr. $21.99
ISBN 0-940139-36-7, 206 pages, paper

Teaching the Child Under Six is a long time standard in the early childhood education field with a new look. Its a primer in helping professionals develop an appropriate frame of reference, the right attitude, an understanding of what are developmentally appropriate practices, and much, much more. Its content covers the state of the profession, what programs should be and should do, teaching the basics of reading, teaching the basics of good behavior, what teachers need to have and do to teach well, and a look at the future needs of and possibilities for our profession and our nation. But most importantly, James Hymes articulates in simple language throughout the text what our children and families must have in order to grow and develop well to become all they can become in positive ways.
Teaching the Child Under Six is used in colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada as required reading in the education and training of early childhood education professionals. It is essential reading for every early childhood professional, regardless of level of experience.

Chapters: 1-The State of the Profession, 2-A Child-Centered Program, 3-A Society-Centered Program, 4-A Subject Matter-Centered Program, 5-Teaching the Basics: Reading, 6-Teaching the Basics: Good Behavior, 7-The Tools and the Freedom to Teach, 8-Some Reflections on the Primary School Years, 9-A Look Ahead 


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