ERIC Number: ED399009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
As I Am.
Chalufor, Ingrid; And Others
The curriculum presented in this guide focuses on enhancing the mental health of children in Head Start or in other comprehensive early childhood programs. The guide begins with two introductory sections: "Stress and Children," describing stressors in young children's lives, how children manifest stress, and teachers' role in mediating stress; and "Children Who Need Special Consideration," describing special needs related to this curriculum for children with disabilities, children from other cultures, and gifted and talented children. The curriculum itself is divided into four areas: (1) "Being," knowing and accepting oneself, feeling capable, and using one's body to express oneself in positive ways; (2) "Feeling," identifying and accepting one's feelings, understanding how feelings may be expressed verbally and nonverbally, and learning coping skills for dealing with difficult situations and feelings; (3) "Relating," listening and communicating with family and friends, developing skills to maintain meaningful relationships, valuing all living things; and (4) "Thinking," exercising and enjoying one's growing imagination, building knowledge and thinking skills from one's experiences, and understanding and using language effectively. A section on "Experiencing Literature" is also included. Each area of the curriculum has the following subareas: (1) "Introduction, Goals, Developmental Considerations"; (2) "Being [Feeling, Relating, Thinking] in Your Classroom"; (3) "Teacher's Role"; (4) "Experiences"; and (5) "Resources." The bulk of the guide is comprised of the descriptions of classroom experiences, each of which details the benefits to the children, the materials needed, the groundwork necessary, and the implementation of the experience. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Class Activities, Communication (Thought Transfer), Coping, Disabilities, Emotional Development, Gifted, Language Acquisition, Mental Health, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Problem Solving, Self Concept, Skill Development, Stress Management, Teaching Guides, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Action Opportunities, Inc., Ellsworth, ME.