The GIANT Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans for Children 3 to 6: More Than 250 Lesson Plans Created by Teachers for Teachers 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0876590683
ISBN-10: 0876590687
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About the Author

Kathy Charner has been with Gryphon House for over 15 years and has served as Editor-in-Chief. She is the editor of several books including The GIANT Series and the Learn Every Day series.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon House; 1 edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876590687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876590683
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Bookatrix on June 9, 2011
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I used to be a preschool teacher in my former life (i.e. before I became a mom!), and when my toddlers reached the age of 2.5, I decided I needed a formal teaching curriculum. When I say "formal," I mean one that was structured but could also be adapted to a parent's limited-resource situation.

This book has been all of that and more. Each activity through the day is listed (from Circle Time through Assessment), as well as recommended books and materials. The subjects are as varied as one could want - from outer space to holidays to nature. I found that with most lessons, even if I didn't have the materials or books, I could usually supplement what we had in our craft box and/or bookshelf to make the theme work. I'd definitely recommend this one.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Puetz on March 20, 2010
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This is a great resource for students like me trying to get their teaching degree. It's full of great lesson plans perfect for early childhood education. I tried a couple with my three-year-old son and he had a blast! So did I. Highly recommend this for any student teacher or current teacher.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lyn on January 31, 2014
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This book is awesome! I'm a stay-at-home mom with an almost 3 year old. I own other activity books, such as the Busy Book, but this enormous one tops them all! Yes, it's intended for teachers but the daily "lesson plan" structure is extremely helpful for moms who like to do several activities each day with your kids. And to have it organized all nice and neat in one big book... it's great. Better than Pinterest. Each day has a theme and explores five or more regions of playful learning, such as Art, Sensory, Dramatic (pretend) play, Small & Gross Motor, Literacy, Writing, Math, Science, etc, depending on the day. Also listed are a selection of books to read for that day and a snack idea.

I'm just starting to get into this book and absolutely loving it. This is just what I've been looking for. If you're a mom who likes to keep your child(ren) engaged in play & activity instead of entertained by screens & TV, this book will be your best friend. It's very accessible and just an enormous mound of ideas.

tip: Try to buy it used. I got a copy in great condition for a fraction of the 'new' price (and still qualified for free super saver shipping). My copy was listed as Good condition - it seems only slightly used, much better than I was expecting! Thank you Amazon!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 4, 2008
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The years between three and six are vital to children's educational development. "The Giant Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans For Children 3 to 6: More Than 250 Lesson Plans Created by Teachers for Teachers" is a guide for preschool and kindergarten educators who want to give the young children the intellectual stimulation they need to be the smartest they can be for elementary school and later. The lessons tackle a long list of subjects such as shapes, colors, counting, reading, and more elementary but vital educational topics. "The Giant Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans for Children 3 to 6" is a must for teachers of this range who want diverse, effective lesson plans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Newton on March 30, 2013
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I work for the daycares on Army bases. Army standards make us be more like teachers than babysitters and are forced to make a weekly lesson plan for kids we are in charge of which range from 6 weeks to school age. This book helps me big time to come up with ideals since they always have to have a different theme or activities each week. I am in toddler and preschool rooms (ages 2years - 5 years) so this is the perfect age for me to use. I can not wait to start using it and be able to use this and make my job so much easier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TPepper on October 2, 2011
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I've actually had the book a few weeks and I'm just starting to use it. I already had lesson plans done when I purchased the book and now those are coming to an end and this has been really great helping me organize my ideas and thoughts. I know what lessons I want but I've needed the extra help getting organized to figure out what I want to do. The book is LOADED with not just ideas but songs, books to read, hands on activities, arts and crafts, role play, etc. It has everything! You are bound to find just what you are looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina Russell on April 28, 2012
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This book has helped me so much with coming up with ideas for lesson plans! I am an intern now, and we have to write out detailed lessons for everything, so this book has given me such great ideas to do with the kids! It's fantastic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gretchen rusch on May 30, 2011
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This is the book I've been looking for to help with new, DA activities for my preschool class.
Can't wait to start planning for the next year!
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