ERIC Number: ED357817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Growing Up Strong: A Mental Wellness and Life Skills Development Program. Spanish Bilingual Supplement for Preschoolers.
Hammer, Judith McGowan; O'Bar, Angelina Merenda
Growing Up Strong (GUS), a mental health and substance abuse prevention program, was developed to help preschoolers through sixth graders gain improved mental and physical health and establish positive relationships with significant adults. The Spanish Bilingual Supplement to the preschool-level GUS program also promotes respect for Spanish language and cultures. This document includes an English-language teacher's guide and Spanish-language duplication masters of materials to be sent home with children to promote family involvement. The teacher's guide explains GUS's multicultural approach; discusses bilingual education; and presents guidelines for implementing GUS, involving the family, and integrating culturally sensitive learning experiences in preschool. Five learning experiences, involving story telling, stress management, native languages, craft demonstrations, and community role models, are detailed, and 21 books and resources are listed. The Spanish-language materials for at-home use include: (1) a letter to the family explaining the GUS program, the importance of family participation, and tips on parenting; (2) information sheets for parents, advising them to believe in their children, value good health, set a good example in medication use, teach their children responsibility, let children solve their own problems, and permit children to say "no"; and (3) activity sheets for children, including pages on which children can draw things that make them feel good or annoy them; sheets on which to identify things that are bad for them; and sheets covering such activities as putting away toys, going to the store, and traveling through the neighborhood safely. Sample awards for children and GUS promotional materials are included. (AC)
Descriptors: Activity Units, Bilingual Education, Child Rearing, Class Activities, Daily Living Skills, Decision Making Skills, Early Intervention, Family Programs, Hispanic Americans, Instructional Materials, Language Skills, Learning Activities, Mental Health, Multicultural Education, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Prevention, Safety, Self Esteem, Spanish Speaking, Substance Abuse, Teaching Guides, Wellness
Center for Child and Family Development, The University of Oklahoma, 555 Constitution, Suite 221, Norman, OK 73037-0005 ($25, plus $2.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Dept. of Mental Health, Stillwater.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma Univ., Norman. Center for Child and Family Development.