ERIC Number: ED426819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Adopted Children in the Early Childhood Classroom. ERIC Digest.
Stroud, Judith E.; Stroud, James C.; Staley, Lynn M.
Early childhood teachers can help young children develop an awareness of and appreciation for the many kinds of family structures in today's society. This Digest provides suggestions for teachers who may have children in their classroom who were adopted. Strategies include: (1) select curriculum activities and materials that represent diverse families; (2) reconsider the name of "adopt-a" projects in the classroom because the phrase devalues the concept of adoption and adoptive parenthood; (3) listen carefully to children's questions--if a child's question deals with the concept of origin, the teacher should not assume that the child is asking about adoption; (4) avoid bias toward adopted children; and (5) consider using bibliotherapy. Careful curriculum planning combined with adoption awareness, genuine concern, and sensitivity will ensure a positive early education experience for adopted children. (Author/LPP)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Champaign, IL.