ERIC Number: ED269991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
El Arco Iris (The Rainbow): a Bilingual Prekindergarten Instructional Television (ITV) Project.
Brownsville Consolidated Independent School District, TX.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.
An exemplary prekindergarten television program, developed by the Brownsville, Texas Independent School District, is described. The program, intended for Spanish-speaking four-year-olds, is an alternative to providing an in-school program necessitating classrooms, teaching staff, materials, and equipment. The program prepares students for formal schooling, promotes parent participation, emphasizes the importance of education, and promotes maximum language development in both Spanish and English. The unique requirement of the program is parent participation. Parents and children attend the viewing of an instructional videotape and then are grouped separately; aides reinforce the lesson's objectives with the children while other aides discuss the lesson with parents and demonstrate at-home enrichment activities. Each videotape has three components: a lesson, storytelling, and a home activity. A video character acts as a friend to the children and elicits responses and questions during the viewing. The program's effectiveness is illustrated by increased attendance in subsequent regular classes, improved performance on standardized tests, and higher than average performance in subsequent grades among program participants. Sample one-week children's and parents' lesson plans, the instructional television schedule, a list of lessons, and a list of television network participating stations are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brownsville Consolidated Independent School District, TX.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Note: An exemplary program selected for the Demonstration Programs for School Improvement (DPSI) Network by Texas Education Agency.