Lewisville, NC (PRWEB) December 2, 2010
Two books published by Gryphon House, Inc. — "Mighty Fine Motor Fun" and "Thinking BIG, Learning BIG" — have won the Learning® magazine Teachers’ Choice(sm) Award for the Classroom.
For 17 years, the Learning® magazine Teachers’ Choice(sm) Awards have heralded the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products. Each year their nationwide panel of teacher-judges names the standouts in books, classroom supplies, educational games, software, Web sites, and more. Each product is evaluated on the characteristics most important to teachers — quality, instructional value, ease of use, innovation, relevance to curriculum — and whether or not the jury of teachers would recommend it to other teachers.
"Mighty Fine Motor Fun" provides teachers of children ages 3 to 5 with the tools and information they need to make developing fine motor skills easy and fun. While children will love the playful, absorbing activities, teachers will appreciate the practical, real-world knowledge author and pediatric occupational therapist Christy Isbell, Ph.D. offers. The activities are perfect for both large and small groups and are easy to integrate into any curriculum.
Christy Isbell, Ph.D. OTR/L, is an associate professor for the Occupational Therapy Program at Milligan College in Milligan, Tennessee. She teaches child development, human development, and pediatric therapy courses for the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program. Isbell practices occupational therapy in early intervention, child care, and school settings. She lives in Johnson City, Tennessee with her husband and two daughters.
"Thinking BIG, Learning BIG," by Marie Faust Evitt, is filled with BIG activities to engage the imaginations of young children. The chapters are organized by topic, with activities that build science, math, literacy, and language skills, which form a solid foundation for future learning. The information and activities align with the standards set by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the International Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. The BIG Connections section presents ways to integrate the topic throughout the curriculum—in sensory experiences, art, music, dramatic play, and gross motor skills.
Marie Faust Evitt is the head teacher of a preschool class for four- and five-year-olds. Prior to teaching, Marie was an award-winning newspaper reporter and freelance journalist for more than 20 years. Her articles and essays on education, parenting, and child psychology have been published in national magazines and on websites including Newsweek, Parents, Child, Parenting, Scholastic’s Parent & Child, Scholastic.com, and Family Fun. Marie lives in Mountain View, California.
Gryphon House is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Developmentally appropriate and easy-to-use, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children. Visit http://www.gryphonhouse.com for more information.