Teaching the 3 Cs: Creativity, Curiosity, and Courtesy: Activities That Build a Foundation for Success

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Corwin Press, Oct 22, 2009 - Education - 175 pages
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'A greatly needed book at a time when creativity, curiosity and problem solving are moving over to make room for high-pressure academics. Loaded with good ideas for activities. The author's creativity shows!' - Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Consultant and Early Childhood Specialist

Author, Dragon Mom and Diversity in Early Care and Education

'Patricia Dischler's hands-on experience and love of early learning radiate throughout Teaching the 3 C's. As a defender of childhood, I am most impressed by the way she promotes play, exploration, and discovery in simple and engaging ways. Put down the video games, turn off the TV, and pick up this book' - Jeff A. Johnson, Owner

Explorations Early Learning LLC

Research shows that children with positive social skills, a creative nature, and a love of learning are more likely to experience success in later school years. However, today's emphasis on early exposure to academic content means little attention is given to developing the affective skills that can make a critical difference in a child's future. Based on her extensive experience in early childhood education, Patricia A. Dischler bridges the gap and demonstrates how incorporating the three Cs--creativity, curiosity, and courtesy--into classroom instruction can support the development of academic skills.

This resource shows how to promote school readiness by giving children a desire to learn, teaching them how to learn, and nurturing empathy, emotional intelligence, and problem solving. The book provides:

- Abundant activities that are fun, easy to use, and developmentally appropriate

- Engaging sidebars highlighting teacher/student dialogue

- Methods for integrating the 3 Cs into the curriculum and meeting state standards

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Practical, insightful, and brimming with wisdom, Teaching the 3 Cs illustrates how to foster young students' lifelong enthusiasm for learning and give them the foundation to succeed.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Teaching Creativity
5
Chapter 2 Creativity Activities
25
Chapter 3 Integrating Creative Learning
39
Chapter 4 Teaching Curiosity
61
Chapter 5 Curiosity Activities
75
Chapter 6 Integrating Curiosity Activities
89
Chapter 7 Teaching Courtesy
111
Chapter 8 Courtesy Activities
129
Chapter 9 Integrating Courtesy Activities
143
References
165
Subject Index
167
Index of Activities by State Standards
173
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About the author (2009)

Patricia Dischler is an author, speaker, and educator, sharing her 20 years of experience in the field of early childhood education and as owner of Patty Cake Preschool for 17 years, a nationally accredited family child care business. The author of several books, including From Babysitter to Business Owner, Because I Loved You, and The Patty Cake Kids & The Lost Imagination Cap, she speaks nationally at early childhood and adoption conferences and is a columnist for the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) National Perspective and Adoption Today Magazine. Dischler is a board member of the NAFCC, Wisconsin Family Child Care Association, and the Wisconsin Early Learning Coalition and was the recipient of the 2007 Wisconsin Governor’s Award for excellence in the field of child care.

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