Here is what to expect from purchasing a Davidson Films production:
World class expert consultants and writers. Research based. Illustrated with professionally filmed children and teachers in real classrooms. Engaging graphics to define crucial concepts. Supplementary written materials.
BUILDING MATHEMATICAL COMPETENCIES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD:with charming footage of busy Pre-Kindergarten classrooms, this film presents crucial mathematical concepts that enable young children to move beyond the rote counting and shape identification that unfortunately dominate most early childhood math experiences.
BUILDING LITERACY COMPETENCIES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD:takes NOURISHING LANGUAGE to the next step. It presents the necessary elements young children need to master in order to be prepared for learning to read.
NOURISHING LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD:stresses how incredibly important it is for adults to talk with and to children. It gives child workers models for enhancing the verbal development of children in their care.
PLAY: A VYGOTSKIAN APPROACH:helps teachers see the great benefits of creative play and gives them concrete suggestions on how to foster it and to avoid common pitfalls.
GROWING MINDS:offers an overview of cognitive development during the first five years of life. The work of Piaget, Vygotsky and Elkind provide the framework for this presentation.
HOW CHILDREN LEARN:uses no jargon in presenting the basics of cognitive development to lay audiences, mostly with animated vignettes. It is often used for parent education.
HUMAN BRAIN DEVELOPMENT: NATURE AND NURTURE:The concept of brain plasticity, what is innate and what can be modified, is explored at the University of Oregon. The language development of deaf, second language learners and very young children provide vivid examples of the interplay between inborn potentials and experience.
Booklist published a wonderful review of our newest release, Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood.
"Early childhood math instruction should involve more than teaching counting and shape identification, according to this well-organized program, in which three educators stress that both math and literacy proficiency are necessary to help children succeed in school. The hosts begin by dispelling many current myths about mathematics and early childhood education, including that children will simply absorb math principles without formal instruction. The program presents five “Big Ideas” that young students need to learn and comprehend, including the mechanics of measurement. Frequent clips of teachers interacting with urban prekindergarten students model the presented concepts, with onscreen captions and lists reinforcing information and technical terms. A final segment offers classroom suggestions and demonstrations. Although primarily for teachers, this pricey title, which includes public-performance rights, can also be used by parents who homeschool or are eager to give their young ones a head start in school."
Candace Smith, Booklist Online
NEW REVIEW - More praise from the Erikson Institute for Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood."This film brings early math alive for early childhood teachers in almost as innovative a way as the mathematics thinking the film features. The Early Mathematics Education Project is charting new territory in teaching us how to help young children become mathematically literate by helping us understand that math surrounds us in nearly everything we do."
--Samuel J. Meisels, President, Erikson Institute
"Congratulations to the Davidson Films team responsible for the recently released project, Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood. This film has conveniently arrived as Ohio begins transitioning to their recently adopted Early Learning and Development Standards. As I have been providing professional development related to early childhood mathematics and the new standards, this film will be particularly useful as I work within my region to improve the mathematical experiences of our early learners. The thinking behind using attributes as a mechanism to match, sort, classify and order objects is often a concept that adults overlook. The questioning modeled by the teachers provides specific examples of how we can help children make connections from attributes to number, geometry and measurement. I am eager to utilize this film in my next professional development offering."
--Catherine Schulte, Math/School Improvement Supervisor Clermont County ESC- Batavia, OH
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How Customers Incorporate Our FilmsTestimonials from happy customers:
"The videos that I have shown were so helpful. Particularly the Joan Erikson videos. The students were inspired by her honesty about what she learned about
aging from her own experience, her frank discussion about "getting it wrong" initially, and feeling compelled to share what she learned after she revisited
aging, and incorporated her own experiences. In addition, it was a very useful discussion we had about cultural expectations around death and dying - and
hospitalization after hearing about her own experiences with her husband's death and how that was handled. It opened up discussions about loss and how
social workers must be sensitive to the need that individuals have around dealing with death immediately after the loved one dies, and how insensitive
hospital staff can sometimes be. In other words, these videos open up such rich and meaningful discussions in classes around issues that can be very sensitive and difficult to talk about."
Dr. Heidi Heft LaPorte
Lehman College, CUNY
Department of Social Work
"For over thirty years I have employed the use of films produced by Davidson Films in my university teaching and work with individuals involved with or who are preparing to teach young children or students who live with disabilities. Specific courses both in special education as well as early childhood development are enhanced by the planning of select films that highlight prominent individuals in the field of education, human development, and psychology. Classroom instruction and discussion with students truly “comes alive” with the introduction of a film that precedes readings (or) follows such readings that deal with subject matter expertly portrayed in film. While other films are available in subject areas that align with topics I cover in my teaching I continue to request Davidson Films to be added to our library collection at the university. These are the ones I prefer to use in class and to share with my students!"
Dr. Peter Kopriva
Fresno Pacific University
School of Education
Professor of Special Education & Early Childhood Development.
“The Davidson films bring historical authenticity, well documented evidence, and educational concepts to the students and teachers studying early childhood education. With remarkable actual photos and footage of early theorists, young children participating in hands on experiences, and an informative narration, the films help future teachers to understand why and how we teach young children. Presenters, concepts, and the use of animation add to the interest for lively classroom discussion of these "just right length" films.”
Martha Chivens, M.A.
Adjunct Professor, Cuesta College
Co-Director, The United Methodist Children's Center, San Luis Obispo