ERIC Number: ED468871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Use of Children's Literature in a Comprehensive School Guidance Program for Young Children.
Jackson, Shelley A.; Nelson, Kaye W.
This chapter is part of a book that recounts the year's work at the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) at Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi. Rather than an "elitist" laboratory school for the children of university faculty, the dual-language ECDC is a collaboration between the Corpus Christi Independent School District and the university, with an enrollment representative of Corpus Christi's population. Asserting that bibliotherapy, the therapeutic use of books, can play an instrumental role in comprehensive school guidance programs, this chapter describes how ECDC school counselors promoted health care literacy using children's literature as part of a comprehensive developmental guidance program for very young children. Children's stories were used to promote a more positive sense of self, to help children learn about the world, and to help children cope with stress, as well as to provide insight into problems, affirm thoughts and feelings, stimulate discussion about problems, create an awareness that others have similar problems, provide solutions to problems, communicate new values and attitudes, and to help children find meaning in life. The chapter defines comprehensive developmental school guidance programs and emphasizes practical school counseling applications for engaging children and families in health care literacy. The chapter includes a 25-item annotated bibliography of children's books, 28 references, and appendices with lesson plans for "Oh, the Places You'll Go,""The Rainbow Fish," and "Pig Will and Pig Won't." (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (Corpus Christi)