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.