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The Complete Resource Book for Preschoolers: An Early Childhood Curriculum With Over 2000 Activities and Ideas (Complete Resource Series) Paperback – September 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Resource Series
  • Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon House; First Edition edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876591950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876591956
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Offers a complete plan for every day of the year…The appendix is jammed-packed with songs, recipes and games." --Northwest Family

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. Kay Hastings, Ph.D. has over 22 years of teaching experience in the field of early childhood education. She co-authored The Complete Resource Book with Pam Schiller. The Complete Resource Book is like having a master teacher working at your side, offering you guidance and inspiration all year long.

More About the Author

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 used this book while doing my student teaching..
Vonnie J. Alexander
It gives you a theme, and then suggests topics to cover in circle time, a story to read, and a musical/dance selection.
Heather Womack
I would recommend this book to anyone who works with preschool children!
D. Hartin

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266 of 270 people found the following review helpful By Heather Womack on October 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
I recently bought this book as well as two other "giant collections" of preschool activities, and this one is the best! I love it! It gives you a theme, and then suggests topics to cover in circle time, a story to read, and a musical/dance selection. The second half of the page contains six activity stations dealing with some of the following: art, language, discovery, math, gross motor, science, cooking, dramatic play, construction, fine motor. For example, the topic "Stars Above" includes the following activity stations: art (starry night paintings), fine motor (make playdough stars), fine motor (use tweezers to move small stars), math (star sponge pattern painting), construction (make star mobile), discovery (rolling of circles and stars - which rolls?). I think it's great and I don't even want to use my other books anymore! It's all done for you. I highly recommend it.
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181 of 182 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1998
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I own several early childhood theme resources but this is the best I've seen, by far. If I had to choose only one resource, this would be it. The layout includes "Unit at a glance" followed by detailed daily activities. If you have to write daily lesson plans for pre-schoolers, this book has already done it all for you. Provides 50 weeks of instructional material in theme-based units.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book provides an early childhood teacher with wonderful curriculum ideas that can be implemented into every classroom instantly. I particulary loved the wonderful ways to expand the block and dramatic play center to include the theme.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Pehling on January 7, 2013
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This may be a great planner for running a preschool, but there are probably much better books out there for at home use. I was looking for a book that had detailed activity ideas for me to follow to "teach" my 2.5 year old through educational play activities like painting, pretend play, etc.

This book is about how to set up a preschool and run it on a daily basis. It goes through how to best set up a preschool with morning circle, learning centers, story time, music and movement time, and then closing circle. The focus is mostly on learning centers and how to corral the kids by giving them name/photo badge necklaces with three color spots on them that correspond to activity stations where they play for a bit then rotate to the next area. All the ideas for a day are on one page. One irk I have is that every day starts with a materials list that is far from complete. Another is that they learning center ideas are so basic. I need details, I'm no expert, I don't want to learn through trial and error what works for each activity, I'm not a preschool teacher and will not be doing this year after year. It is also geared toward a group of kids and several activities do t work as well or at all with just one kid.

Here is one day as an example:
On turtle day the materials list says only: photos of turtles.

Morning circle uses the photos to introduce turtles, and tells you to talk about how they hatch and go to the ocean along with a couple other talking points. These points are not detailed, so if you don't happen to know a lot about it, you have to look elsewhere for info. Turtles are pretty straight forward, but for instance, the last talking point it says "Explain that turtles are an endangered species. Talk about why.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book in the library and knew I had to have a copy of it. Finally a resource I can use with my special needs students! This book provides hundreds of creative thematic units that are not only fun but educational!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By K. Whitaker on October 23, 2001
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I just Love this book. If you work with young children this book is a "must have" resource book. It has a great format. It breaks down each day and lets you know what you need for each day. Exp: If your theme is "Summer Time Fun," day one is "Kites and Frisbees" day two is "Bubbles" day 3 is "Games", etc,. It goes over ideas for what to do in each center. I am also going back to school for my Early Childhood Degree and this book has also help me with ideas for several of my projects. I recommend this book to any teacher of preschool children (hey it's even great for stay at home moms!)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P. Plein on October 3, 2006
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I was disappointed with this book, if I had flipped through it before buying I don't think I would have bought it. I was expecting step by step instructions for activities but rather it seems very general. I think a lot of the ideas seem obvious. The GOOD thing is that it is grouped and organized for you. I admit that I need to spend some more time with the book and give it another chance, maybe I'll change my mind. But the two books that I can't live without, in my preschool class (3 year olds), are R IS FOR RAINBOW (Anselmo Rollins and Schuckman) and YEAR ROUND ACTIVITIES FOR THREE YEAR OLD CHILDREN (Anthony Coletta and Kathleen Coletta).

I don't think this is an awful book, but I was disappointed, that's all.
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56 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2000
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I was thrilled with all the neat ideas this book has to offer. It's an easy to follow format with all kinds of activities that require materials that are either already in your home or are inexpensive to buy. My daughter is four and tells me, "Mommy, I love your ideas!" In a nutshell, what better review could you ask for?
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