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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
Discover the World: Empowering Children to Value Themselves, Others & the Earth

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Short Description:   A handbook designed to develop childrenīs awareness of the world and of ways to cooperate with others multiculturally. Activities include crafts, recipes, art, music and history of different peoples. Emphasis on teaching children environmental concerns, conflict resolution and awareness of the rights of others.
Long Description:   Through innovative approaches that can be used by teachers, parents and other caregivers, this work provides a holistic framework for integrating personal, social, global and environmental responsibility into the developmental experience of children, ages 3 through 12. 158-page hands-on workbook seeks to foster childrenīs individual self-discovery and self-esteem while enabling them to become respectfully aware of others.

Tools, insights, exercises and learning experiences are geared to help children a)develop and deepen understanding and appreciation of themselves, other cultures and the natural environment, b)communicate their feelings, needs and problems in productive, creative ways and c)and become empowered to make the world a better place.

Discover the World was published in cooperation with Concerned Educators for a Safe Environment (CEASE), a 12-year-old national network of parents, teachers and other child care advocates who have a special interest in creating a safe, environmentally healthy world for children and their families.

More than two dozen early childhood educators share a wide variety of easily applicable ideas and resources. Lesson plans are organized into activity charts, which are designed to promote understanding of diversity and respect for the earth through art, music, science, large and fine ~ motor skills, and language. Sections in the book focus on self awareness, conflict management and problem resolution, environmental appreciation, awareness of others, peace concerns and celebrations, global awareness and current events, and special calendar days. Activities encouraging appreciation for African-American, Native American, Asian-American, Nicaraguan, Pakistani, Hawaiian and Irish cultures are among the bookīs highlights.

Environmental concerns are largely covered in the chapters, "Appreciation of the Environment," which inludes information on water conservation and building a terrarium; "Special Calendar Days," which includes Earth Day; and "Current Events," which discusses the Alaskan oil spill. The resource section includes lists of organizations involved in environmental and peace movements.

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   Susan Hopkins and Jeffry Winters, editors
Publisher:   New Society Publishers
Publication date:   1990 Website for this resource:

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels  Preschool     Primary     Jr. High    Sr. High    Adult
NOTE: Our reviewer may have checked a wider age range than specified in the curriculum itself.
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be unknown # class sessions
From what we have heard:
 using these materials, or even just one session from them, a reasonable, coherent and self-contained class can be offered in a single session of about an hour.
 using these materials, a class can be offered that runs for at least two sessions.
Target audience:
 Interfaith - addressed people of many faiths
 Judeo-Christian - addressed to Jews & Christians
 Christian - addressed explicitly to Christians
 Not explicity faith-based - not much religious content

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