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

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Overview

Cultivate the 3 Cs in young learners to strengthen future academic achievement!

Research shows that children with positive social skills, a creative nature, and a love of learning experience success in later school years. This resource shows how to promote school readiness by giving young students 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
  • Recommendations of related children’s books

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Editorial Reviews

Janet Gonzalez-Mena
"This book is greatly needed 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!"
Jeff A. Johnson
“Patricia Dischler’s hands-on experience and love of early learning radiate throughout. 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.”
Darlene Wontrop
“Creativity, curiosity, and courtesy are three missing elements in our classrooms today. Most teachers feel there isn’t time to teach these integral life skills. Read this book to discover some practical and easy ways to incorporate all three into teaching children today.”
Michelle Barnea
“A wonderful and immediately applicable resource for early childhood educators. Teaching the 3 Cs will enhance the quality of programming for young children and open up a new and exciting world of teaching for all caregivers and teachers.”
Carrie Clark
"A great addition to any classroom or home library. This book is a great tool in helping our young students with lifelong learning skills that they will build on throughout their school careers and lives.”
Deborah McNelis
“On the valuable topics of curiosity, creativity, and courtesy, Dischler displays three additional Cs—this book is current, clear and compassionate. Her dedication to the overall development of children comes through as her knowledge and personal experiences are shared. This book was obviously written from the heart.”
Deborah Mc Nelis
“On the valuable topics of curiosity, creativity, and courtesy, Dischler displays three additional Cs—this book is current, clear and compassionate. Her dedication to the overall development of children comes through as her knowledge and personal experiences are shared. This book was obviously written from the heart.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412974226
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 706,850
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
1. Teaching Creativity
Functional Freedom
Stimulus Freedom
Delayed Gratification
Balanced-Brain Thinking
2. Creativity Activities
Functional Freedom
Stimulus Freedom
Delayed Gratification
Balanced-Brain Thinking
3. Integrating Creative Learning
Language and Literacy
Math
Science
Social and Emotional
Cognitive Development
Health and Physical Development
The Arts
4. Teaching Curiosity
Explore the Possibilities
Explore the World
Ask Questions: The Five Ws and How
5. Curiosity Activities
Explore the Possibilities
Explore the World
Ask Questions
6. Integrating Curiosity Activities
Math
Social and Emotional
Cognitive
Health and Physical Development
The Arts
7. Teaching Courtesy
Dependability
Kindness
Honesty
Respect
8. Courtesy Activities
Dependability
Kindness
Honesty
Respect
9. Integrating Courtesy Activities
Language and Literacy
Math
Science
Cognitive Development
Health and Physical Development
The Arts
References
Subject Index
Index of Activities by State Standards

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