ERIC Number: ED418227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Parenting Skills through Children's Literature in Family Support Centers: Adaptation of Existing Curriculum.
Aaronson, Judith; Klosterman-Lang, Penny
This project delivered traditional parenting skills to participants at area family centers through reading and critically examining issues raised in children's literature. Recruitment efforts were unsuccessful at two Arsenal Family Centers; sufficient participants were recruited at the Providence Family Support Center where the 16-week course was taught. After the group and facilitator conducted an informal assessment of need, the decision that the group made was to function as a support group allowing for open enrollment. The group was not mandatory for participants; therefore, attendance for each participant was not on an ongoing basis. Weekly door prizes and the children's books served as an incentive for participation. Following the original curriculum, each lesson included the reading aloud of a children's book, a writing activity, and questions for discussion. In this adaptation, the project added other topics such as children's development issues, stress management for parents, discipline, and talking to children about death, divorce, and loss. The course culminated with a party and recognition ceremony for participants. Participants' written and verbal evaluations indicated the sessions helped them become more aware of parent/child issues. They reported feeling their involvement in the class was worthwhile. (Appendixes include the adapted curriculum guide, evaluation comments, recruitment flyer, and supplemental materials.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh, PA.