ERIC Number: ED082403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Away from Bedlam. Caring for Children, Number Four.
Murphy, Lois B.; Leeper, Ethel M.
The booklet is the fourth in a series on the ways that child care centers can contribute to the healthy growth and development of preschool children, and focused on is the prevention of bedlam. Bedlam in a child care center is seen to be caused by frustration, anger, too much noise, overstimulation, reaction to teacher, contagion, or change in routine. It is suggested that the teacher reduce the irritants that lead to bedlam by arranging furniture to cut down on disruptive intrusions, careful planning of activities, recognizing individual needs, fixing limits on behavior, coping with a child's frustration, gaining obedience, and preparing children for changes. It is recommended that the teacher handle the disruptive child by dispelling anger, quieting the upset child, using appropriate discipline, and encouraging the development of self control. It is suggested that if bedlam should break loose the teacher should try to understand the cause or causes and use remedies such as playing out feelings or singing. Stressed is the importance of an orderly atmosphere for a successful child care program. (For other booklets in the series see EC 052 600 through EC 052 602 and EC 052 604). (DB)
Descriptors: Child Care Occupations, Classroom Techniques, Day Care Centers, Discipline, Early Childhood Education, Guidelines, Teacher Role
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402 ($0.45)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Hospital of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; Menninger Foundation, Topeka, KS.
Authoring Institution: Child Development Services Bureau (DHEW/OCD), Washington, DC.