ERIC Number: ED339532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Child Development Project.
Developmental Studies Center, San Ramon, CA.
In the context of a regular academic program, the Child Development Project (CDP) helps teachers and parents promote characteristics such as helpfulness and responsibility in children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The CDP program contains five major elements: (1) cooperative activities; (2) helping activities; (3) the highlighting of prosocial values; (4) promotion of social understanding; and (5) a teaching approach to discipline. This packet contains samples of curriculum materials for family homework activities, cooperative lessons, and literature-based reading units. The family homework materials, which are assigned by teachers about twice a month, describe activities parents and children can do together. The cooperative lessons involve group writing. These lessons are constructed in such a way that they foster interdependence among group members. The reading unit materials are of two types. In units to be read aloud, the teacher reads a story to the class and then assigns selected activities to heighten students' understanding of the issues raised in the story. In units for partners to work on together, children practice what the teacher has modeled through discussion, writing, and editing activities with a partner. Both types of units are designed to promote children's reading development, thinking skills, and empathic responsiveness. Samples of the units are provided. (BC)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cooperative Learning, Democratic Values, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Homework, Instructional Materials, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Prosocial Behavior, Reading Materials, Reading Skills, Social Development, Writing Exercises
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: Developmental Studies Center, San Ramon, CA.
Identifiers: California; Child Development Project
Note: For related documents, see ED 308 974 and PS 020 147-148. Some pages are printed on colored paper.