ERIC Number: ED365739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Second Step: A Violence-Prevention Curriculum. Preschool-Kindergarten (Ages 4-6). Teacher's Guide.
Committee for Children, Seattle, WA.
"Second Step" for preschoolers and kindergartners is a curriculum kit designed to reduce impulsive and aggressive behavior in young children and to increase their levels of social competence by teaching skills in empathy, impulse control, and anger management. The kit, which is part of a series that includes curricula for grades 1-3, 4-5, and 6-8, can be integrated into early childhood programs and is a companion to the "Talking About Touching Early Childhood Kit," a personal safety curriculum. While personal safety curricula teach children not to be victims, Second Step teaches how not to become a victimizer, a "second step" in primary prevention. Because it targets skill deficits that put children at risk for violence, substance abuse, suicide, and dropping out of school, Second Step can be adopted as a basic skills curriculum for prevention education. Each lesson consists of a coded 11" x 17" photo card with a story and discussion questions. Role play is encouraged, and tapes and a video are available to reinforce concepts. Empathy training, impulse control, and anger management are fostered through teaching strategies that reduce social bias and promote recognition of the different feelings and needs of others. Implementing the curriculum and handling disclosure and reporting are discussed. Puppet scripts and take-home letters for parents are included. An appendix lists 142 books and resources for children and 11 picture sets and games, as well as additional activities and picture cards for discussion depicting several ethnic groups. (Contains 101 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Aggression, Behavior Patterns, Empathy, Interpersonal Competence, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Prevention, Primary Education, Self Control, Social Cognition, Student Behavior, Teaching Guides, Training, Victimization, Violence
Committee for Children, 172 20th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 ($245; volume discounts available. Price includes two puppets, a song tape, video, and photo cards).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Committee for Children, Seattle, WA.