Praise for the first edition:

Smutny and von Fremd's very special talent is in helping adults nurture and cherish the creativity and learning joy that is so intrinsic in young children.

—Susan Winebrenner, Author and Staff Development Specialist

Education Consulting Service, Inc.

“The authors use teacher voices, classroom stories, and solid foundations to guide the reader's thinking. Practical examples and specific guidelines make the book very useful without resorting to templates or gimmicks!”

—Carol Ann Tomlinson, Professor

University of Virginia

Praise for the second edition:

Using the ideas presented in this book make teaching and learning more personalized and exciting for both teachers and their students. This book provides a breath of fresh air for the teaching profession!

—Carole S. Campbell, Educator

Higher Ground Educational Consulting

This book is chock full of great examples and classroom applications, providing specific guidance and clear-headed advice.”

—Nancy H. McDonough, Second-Grade Teacher

Walter Stillman School, Tenafly, NJ

Meet the highly diverse needs of primary students with these differentiated teaching strategies!

Every student who walks through the classroom door brings special gifts to the learning table. Differentiating for the Young Child helps primary teachers value and support the unique experiences and learning styles of diverse young learners.

Joan Franklin Smutny and S.E. von Fremd offer strategies and methods for promoting creative thinking and intellectual discovery across key discipline areas. They also tackle issues relating to underserved students and discuss differentiated technology use. Revised to make differentiated learning easier, this second edition:

Includes new charts with high- to low-preparation strategies for differentiating lessons in math, science, social studies, and language arts; Presents new focus questions to help teachers clarify their own priorities and target student needs efficiently; Offers Web sites for further reference

Because the primary grades influence all the years that follow, this resource helps early childhood and primary teachers use creative, differentiated teaching strategies to meet the individual learning needs of all young children and encourage their future academic success.

Differentiated Instruction Applied to Science
Differentiated instruction applied to science

Science is built of facts the way a house is built of bricks; but an accumulation of facts is no more science than a pile of bricks is a house.

—Henri Poincaré

If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.

—Rachel Carson

Young children have a natural curiosity about science. Often, their questions and observations focus on the natural world—the tree trunks that have a gnarled and strange appearance, the clam that squirts water and disappears in its shell, the mauve color of the clouds at dusk. Parents marvel that young children can absorb so much information ...

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