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 “In Young Architects at Play Ann Gadzikowski skillfully blends research, practical insights, and a deep knowledge of facilitation to provide educators and caregivers a rich tapestry of how to lead children through learning as they play. Working across digital and physical worlds, easing planning and encouraging observation while reminding us how fun learning is, this manual is a testament to the marriage of art and science that is early childhood learning! Welcome to your journey of playing with your student or child!”

—  Tarun Varma, experience implementation specialist, LEGO Foundation 

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Young Architects at Play:

STEM Activities

for Young Children

Available for order from Redleaf Press.

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 “A delightful, thorough, must-read primer for teaching architecture to children, Ann Gadzikowski’s Young Architects at Play reminds us that architecture is personal and intuitive, especially for our youngest learners. Filled with creative, multi-sensory activities, Young Architects is an easy-to-read tool for parents and educators alike.”

— Rebecca Boland, manager of school and family programs, Chicago Architecture Center 

 

 

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Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Robotics for Young Children: STEM Activities and Simple Coding

Robotics for Young Children by Ann Gadzikowski received the 2018 Midwest Book Award for best educational book. Order here and here.

 

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Coding, Robotics, and Engineering for Young Students

Coding, Robotics, and Engineering for Young Students by Ann Gadzikowski, published by Prufrock Press. Order here and here.

 

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Resources for Parents

Britannica for Parents

Ann Gadzikowski is Executive Editor of Britannica for Parents, a website providing information, resources, and advice from trusted experts in child development and early education.

Visit Britannica for Parents here.

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Creating a Beautiful Mess - Ann Gadzikowski - Author and Educator 

 Creating a Beautiful Mess

Creating a Beautiful Mess by Ann Gadzikowski describes the ten essential play experiences that all children need and enjoy. Practical tips for parents are woven among engaging scenarios and expert child development perspectives. From Redleaf Press.

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Raising Curious Learners

Ann Gadzikowski is the co-host of the Raising Curious Learners podcast, one of the resources available on the Britannica for Parents website.

 Raising Curious Learners is now available to stream on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/raising-curious-l…/id1526578046

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3uabPh43FtXfIDivYHvjgL

 

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Gifted and Talented Education

Ann Gadzikowski - Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms

Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms

Nearly every early childhood classroom has an exceptionally bright child — from the child who starts reading independently at age three to the child who would rather take apart his tricycle than ride on it. Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms offers strategies to help you create a richer learning environment where exceptionally bright children are encouraged to learn beyond prescribed curriculum goals. Order Online

 

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Early Childhood Gifted Education: Fostering Talent Development

Early Childhood Gifted Education by Nancy Hertzog & Ann Gadzikowski, published by the National Association for Gifted Children . Order here.

 

Language and Literacy

Ann Gadzikowski - Story Dictation - A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals

Story Dictation

Story Dictation offers an easy, yet powerful, early learning tool: Listening to children’s stories and writing them down word for word. Story dictation builds a range of skills, including literacy and abstract thinking abilities, while helping fulfill early learning standards. “An excellent how-to resource guide for all early childhood professionals who want to use an effective, developmentally appropriate activity to tap into a young child’s imaginative and creative energies in order to develop her skills in language, literacy and a host of other learning domains.” — SpringerLink

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Cattle Driving Horses - Ann Gadzikowski - Author and Educator

Nonfiction Readers

Ann Gadzikowski is the author of nonfiction leveled readers published by MacMillan McGraw Hill.

The Wise Blackbird - Ann Gadzikowski - Author and Educator

Fiction Readers

Three fiction stories by Ann Gadzikowski are included in Heinemann’s Leveled Literacy collection. Titles include The Wise Blackbird, The Lucky Penny, and The Baby Bird.

Curriculum and Textbooks

Ann Gadzikowski - Author and Educator

Tech Beginnings Curriculum

Ann Gadzikowski created “Tech Beginnings,” a PreK-Grade 3 curriculum that teaches coding, animation and robotics to young children. Ann’s unique approach combines cutting-edge tech innovations with traditional hands-on and developmentally appropriate teaching practices.

Administration Textbook - Ann Gadzikowski - Author and Educator

College-Level Textbook

Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs by Ann Gadzikowski provides college students with an overview of the core knowledge necessary to lead an early childhood program. This e-textook is available through Thuze.

Story Path Restaurant - Ann Gadzikowski - Author and Educator

Pre-K Storypath

Ann Gadzikowski edited Pre-K Storypath, a role-playing and problem-solving curriculum, written by Margit E. McGuire of Seattle University.

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