ERIC Number: ED336197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-23
Reference Count: 0
Are Your Children Captured by Ninja Turtles? How To Turn What Children "Love" into What Is Appropriate.
Miles, Sue L.
This booklet relates ways to communicate with preschoolers about such phenomena as Ninja Turtles. Ninja Turtles are likeable, fun-loving creatures that have captured the imagination of children because they have a great deal of energy, strength, and power. However, because the turtles model language and engage in violence that negatively affects children, teachers need to find ways to redirect children's attention. The reader of this booklet will gain an understanding of: (1) the history of Ninja Turtles; (2) Ninja Turtle characters and their particular strengths (to help facilitate communication with children); (3) problems connected with the turtles that relate to preschoolers; (4) ways to help children move beyond Ninja Turtle activities; (5) examples of activities that substitute for Ninja Turtle activities; and (6) ways to speak to children about Ninja Turtles. Interesting elements of activities extracted from turtle media can be used to get children away from what is negative fantasy or pretend play to what is positive fantasy or real play. Children can be helped to focus on activities that are socially and educationally productive as opposed to activities that are damaging to their development. Appendices provide fact sheets about the Ninja Turtles, a form for children's letters to their parents, and information about activities, interest centers, and recipes. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Waubonsee Community Coll., Sugar Grove, IL.
Identifiers: Media Imagery; Ninja Turtles
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children (Chicago, IL, February 21-23, 1991).