ERIC Number: ED261779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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School's Out--Now What? Creative Choices for Your Child: Afternoons, Weekends, Vacations.
Bergstrom, Joan M.
The central theme of this book is that parents should be directly involved in structuring their children's out-of-school time. Out-of-school or "free time" offers great opportunities for children to learn from new experiences and to develop, through carefully selected activities, a sense of competence, self-esteem, and achievement. Focus is on the developmental needs of middle childhood, when children are six to twelve years old, and real-life examples and everyday language are used to direct a parent toward understanding and developing his child's interests. Specifically presented are the following chapter titles: "A Child's Life Out of School"; "Parents' Roles and Special Insights" (appeals to parents to trust themselves and express their convictions to their children);"Resources--What Are the Options?" (gives detailed information on searching for resources for activities); "Fostering Independence, or the Other Three R's: Resourcefulness, Responsibility, and Reliability" (offers a view of the child as member of a family); "Protecting Children's Safety" (starts with home safety and moves into the neighborhood); and "Putting It All Together" (includes a section entitled "A False Start Is Not a Flop" for those who fear failure or are easily discouraged. Six appendices list child-serving organizations; resources for computers and children; books about television and children; and books and organizations with information on safety, first aid, and health. (DST)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Child Rearing, Child Responsibility, Childhood Interests, Childhood Needs, Community Programs, Community Resources, Daily Living Skills, Enrichment Activities, Home Programs, Individual Development, Parent Role, Safety Education
Ten Speed Press, P.O. Box 7123, Berkeley, CA 94707 ($10.95).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
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