ERIC Number: ED210119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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Success Begins at Home.
Lombard, Avima D.
Israel's Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters, a nationally administered home-based program of early childhood education, is discussed in this book. In addition to presenting information regarding the social conditions that necessitated development of the program, this book describes the theory and planning behind the program, its operation, and evaluation results. Failure of Israeli kindergartens to cope effectively with the educational deficiencies of Jewish immigrant children from Islamic countries led to the development of this home-based program in which mothers are taught how to teach their children. Highly structured materials were chosen as the instructional resources most likely to ensure academic success of the children. A hierarchical conception of early psychological development was also incorporated into the program. Teaching materials focused on language skills, discrimination skills, and problem solving. Three categories of concepts were emphasized: attributes, spatial relationships, and quantity. Specific chapters in the book present research about effects of the program on children, participants' views of the program, assessment of the program's implementation, and the current status and future outlook of the program. Appendices provide examples of workbook activities for 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old children. Several tables provide data on such topics as academic achievement, teacher evaluations, and reading and math skills. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Cognitive Development, Compensatory Education, Concept Formation, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Childhood Education, Followup Studies, Foreign Countries, Home Programs, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Preschool Children, Program Effectiveness, Programed Instruction
Lexington Books, D. C. Heath and Company, Lexington, MA 02173 ($17.95; include any state or local tax. Postage free on prepaid orders).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
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