Bears, Bears Everywhere!: Supporting Children's Emotional Health in the Classroom / Edition 1

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Noted psychotherapist and educator shares her experience and offers teachers a proven way of addressing social and emotional issues in the classroom using teddie bears.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807749036
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,436,799
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     viii
Introduction     ix
The Art of Relationship, the Science of the Brain     1
Art and Science     1
Making Connections     1
Comfort Through Emotional Storms     3
Stress and the Developing Child     4
School as a Healing Force     6
What Teddy Bears Bring     7
Transitional Objects Within the Holding Environment of the Classroom     8
How Transitional Objects Work     8
Object Constancy     9
When Children Do Without     10
The Classroom as Holding Environment     11
Holding the Teddy Bears     14
Welcoming Teddy Bears in the Classroom     16
Choosing Bears     16
Introducing the Children to the Bears     17
Listening for Children's Responsive Voice     21
Responding to the Children's Voices: Making the Classroom Safe for Bears     22
Working with Children's Responses: Coping with a Fire at School     24
Working with Children's Voices: Responding to a Teacher's Absence     25
Every Bear Has His Story     28
Name and Age     28
Distinguishing Features     29
A Place to Be     31
Every Child Has Her Story     32
Teacher-Parent-Teddy Bear     34
Bears as a Bridge to Literacy     37
Literacy and Well-Being     37
Playing with Teddy     39
Symbol for a Symbol: Drawing Teddy     39
Reading to Bears in the Early-Grade Classroom     44
Writing About Teddy     48
Writing to Teddy     49
The Security Factor     50
Bears in Pre-K and Kindergarten: Working with Developmentally Salient Themes     51
New Places, New Times     52
Bears Make a Wish     53
Understanding Friendship     55
A Story of Emergent Curriculum: The Wedding     56
The Gifts of Emergent Curriculum     60
Bears in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades: Working with Meaningful Common Ground Themes     61
Teddy's World of Today     62
Imagining Teddy's Past     63
Teddy in the Future     65
The Story of an Emergent Theme: Hurting and Healing     67
The Story of Bears in the Upper Grades     69
A Town and Its Inhabitants     71
When Bears Loop     76
Bears in Bad Times     77
Bears, Bears Everywhere      77
Reaching In/Reaching Out     80
Bears Say Good-Bye     82
Bears Get Ready: The Transition Out     83
Saying Good-Bye: Real and Pretend     86
Courtesy of Teddy Bears     89
Beartown Documents     91
Bear-Focused Children's Books     97
References     99
Children's Books Cited     101
For Further Reading     103
Index     105
About the Author     110
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