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ERIC Number: EJ1003862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Tender Topics: Exploring Sensitive Issues with Pre-K through First Grade Children through Read-Alouds
Mankiw, Sue; Strasser, Janis
Young Children, v68 n1 p84-89 Mar 2013
The topics including bullying, family diversity, homelessness, disabilities, and incarceration are often referred to as "tender topics." They can be difficult for teachers to explain to or discuss with children. In their work with children, families, and teachers, the authors have seen that it is not necessarily the topic that makes conversations difficult, but who they are as individuals that determines their comfort level in addressing these subjects. It is important to view tender topics not as problems, but as subjects that are part of the everyday lives of children and families. However, some might see these topics as problems because children and adults don't know how to approach them, and are uncomfortable talking about them. In this article the authors offer some storybook suggestions that they have used to explain to children about tender topics. (Contains 4 resources and 10 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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