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Create a Caring School Environment

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In the early childhood classroom, children have their first experiences of forming and joining social groups outside their families. It is natural for them to experiment with social interactions while learning about their world. Creating a caring environment at school reduces the possibility that children will assert themselves through negative behavior such as teasing and bullying. With anti-bullying and teasing resources, teachers of young children can address this problem before it develops. Teachers have a major influence on how children view themselves within the larger world; children mimic teachers' language and interactions. By creating a climate of mutual respect, teachers can help children learn to develop empathy, treat others fairly and kindly, and to stand up for themselves and their friends in safe and developmentally appropriate ways. The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book will help teachers create a school environment in which all children feel comfortable, safe, and welcome. 

Written by Nefertiti Bruce and Karen B. Cairone with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children provides teachers and parents with simple strategies to help children ages 3 to 8 become socially and emotionally healthy for life.  Recognizing that teaching must extend beyond the classroom, the resource book offers a way to do each activity in both home and school environments.

Young children learn best by doing, and that includes learning values. The Values Book is packed with easy activities, projects and ideas to help children learn values and build character, both individually and in groups. Each chapter addresses one of 16 different values, including understanding, patience and tolerance. After defining the value, each chapter begins with questions to help adults clarify what that value means to them. The perfect book to introduce and strengthen the teaching of values in any early childhood classroom or home.

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