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  • Series: Complete Book Series
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon House (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876592809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876592809
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is rich in ideas and could be a time-saver for busy teachers seeking ideas to enrich their themes. I particularly liked the section on action stories that draws on material from so many different countries of culture." --Marilyn Segal, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus of Mailman Segal Institute, Nova Southeastern University --Review

About the Author

Pam Schiller, Ph.D., is an early childhood author, consultant, and highly sought after speaker. She has written numerous articles for early childhood journals, including Child Care Information Exchange and Texas Child Care Quarterly. Pam is the author of five early childhood curriculums, eleven children's books and more than 30 teacher and parent resource books. Jackie Silberg is an early childhood advocate and popular keynote speaker nationally and internationally. She received the Distinquished Alumna Award from Emporia State University, recognizing her current achievements as well as her long and prolific career. Jackie lectures at Johnson County Community College.

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Dr. Pam Schiller has an impressive career spanning nearly every facet of the early childhood profession. She was supervisor of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten for the Pasadena (Texas) Independent School District, and Assistant Professor at the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

Dr. Schiller has authored numerous articles for early childhood journals as well as teacher resource books including The Instant Curriculum, co-authored by Joan Rossano and published Gryphon House.

Beyond her professional life, she maintains a special - and active interest in nature and the environment. Pam is the mother of two grown daughters and is a very proud grandmother-to-be!

Customer Reviews

I am a pre-primary teacher and this book is a great resource.
L. Tribolet
I bought the book to use in homeschooling my toddler and while I won't get as much use out of it as a preschool this massive tomb will still keep us very busy.
Nicholaus LaRow
Additionally, I highly recommend this title for beginning teachers.
Education Oasis

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
One of the most valuable resources you can have if you are a teacher, daycare worker, or just like to have a lot of fun with young children, "The Complete Book of Activities, Games, Stories, Props, Recipes, and Dances for Young Children is a delightful read. Within the text Jackie Silberg and Pam Schiller have compiled a wonderful collection of over 600 ways to have fun with young children.
Divided into various sections, the first one consists of activities. In it you will find lots of useful ideas for every day objects from empty soda bottles, to boxes and rubber bands. From pattern matching to tactile activities, imagination activities, tops, folding a paper hat, and a great number of other activities, it's all here and you are sure to find something that suits your needs.
Following this is a section on games. Again, they don't require any special or hard to find props but simple, fun games that young children would enjoy. Cat and Mouse, Drop the Clothespin, Flashlight Tag (one of my favorites as a child), Freeze Tag, Grass Tug of War, Spider Walk, and Walk a Crooked Line are just a few from the large collection.
The next section contains Action Stories. Each story has a set of actions that goes along with it. From the currently very popular Going on a Bear Hunt and Hey, My Name is Joe, to lesser known ones like A Spring Walk young children are sure to enjoy them all.
Other sections include Stories for Flannel Boards and Magnetic Boards, Listening Stories, Prop Stories, Puppet Stories, Rebus Stories, Arts and Crafts Recipes, Food Recipes, and Dances. The book is easily worth the price just for the craft recipes section that includes such favorites as Salt Paste, Gak, Fingerpaints, Playdough, Scratch and Sniff Paint, and Soap Crayons.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Nicholaus LaRow on January 11, 2005
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The only reason I gave it less than five stars is because I thought it would have some activites for a single child. Almost everything in it is for a group of children. At least the dances, games etc. Some of them *can* be modified for one child though.

Other than that this book is a treasure trove of stuff. It is so jam packed with stuff to do I couldn't imagine any daycare or preschool running out of things to do. Also it list everything in the back of the book in themes. There is a small thematic chart in the front but does not include everything like the back of the book. Also half of the book is full of things to photocopy or trace for feltboard/magnet board stories.

I bought the book to use in homeschooling my toddler and while I won't get as much use out of it as a preschool this massive tomb will still keep us very busy.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Education Oasis on December 7, 2003
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Weighing in a nearly four pounds, this is one book that truly lives up to its name. I cannot ever recall seeing a resource book that had more ideas between the covers. There are action stories, fables, folktales, rhymes, puppet stories, listening stories, games, craft projects, recipes, dances, activities, and more. There are old favorites, new favorites, and everything in between.
The book is quite easy to navigate, thanks to the handy thematic chart as well as two unbelievably comprehensive indices. There is a general index as well as a theme index. Need an activity for shapes? Just look under the topic and you will find nearly fifty from which to choose. Want to explore outer space with your students by way of a folktale? Photocopy the story patterns found in the appendix, trace them onto interfacing, color, and put them on flannel board. Now you're all set for "The Sun and the Moon," a short pourquoi. Can't remember the words to "This Old Man?" They're in here. Need a recipe for soap crayons? Snow dough? Wheat paste? They're in here too. As I sat with my colleagues viewing the book, I challenged them to think of a every early childhood game they knew of. No one thought of a game that was not included in the book!
Put this book on your shelf and you will never be stumped for ideas again. Additionally, I highly recommend this title for beginning teachers. They will find it a valuable resource to which they will turn again and again. (Indeed, I found it so complete and well-done that I bought a copy for a former intern who is now preparing to teach first grade.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By demari18 on April 16, 2013
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I was not impressed with this book. When I first took it out of the box, I was thrilled; a HUGE book full of new ideas! Not so fast. The first half of the book is larger-print text, and the second is templates for the activities. Lots of complex activities. Lots of songs, which are impossible to sing on tune without a CD or even sheet music. Although I like some of the ideas, it is not worth the time sifting through the complex, the songs without tunes and such.
A better option is Miller's The Outside Play and Learning Book: Activities for Young Children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on October 16, 2011
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I originally found this book at my public library, but then decided I needed to own it. It's a great resource for SAHMs and preschool teachers with little ones. I have used a lot of ideas from this book already, and I've only had it for a few weeks. I do wish I had a copy machine, but I find ways around that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Nathaniel on April 27, 2009
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This book is a very good resource for planning story times and any other special children's programs. The songs are arranged in alphabetical order. I would highly recommend this book.
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