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Very young children often develop irresponsible behavior when they are not encouraged to assume responsibility for their actions and reactions. Parents often foster irresponsible behavior by perceiving children as helpless and incapable of assuming responsibility for their lives.
The purpose of the products for ages 1 - 3 is to help parents begin the process of shifting the responsibility for a child's behavior from the parent to the child. These products accomplish this by conveying to parents and children three important concepts.
• A child's behavior affects the child and the people around him or her.
• The negative or positive effects of a child's behavior, influences the quality of his or her life.
• Normal children can control their behavior and therefore can choose whether to engage in positive or negative behavior.
Children 1 - 3 years of age are mainly concerned about their survival. Therefore, their physical needs, then their emotional needs are their primary concern. Once children 1-3 years of age realize that other people contribute to the fulfillment of their physical and emotional needs, their social needs become a focus. Only after their physical, emotional, and social needs are met does the focus expand to include their intellectual needs.
Given this developmental progression, it is recommended that the TEACH ME ABOUT subjects be presented in the following order:
Age 0 through 1 - Parent Resource: The adult reads the books for information, insights, and encouragement.
Age 1 through 2 – Picture Book: The adult encourages the child to look at the illustrations and participate in a spontaneous discussion about the illustrations.
Age 2 through 3 - Read-Aloud Book: The adult reads the text to the child. Then he or she asks questions and acknowledges the child’s responses.
Beyond 3 - Independent Activity: The adult encourages the child to use the book independently.
My Body teaches children the names for the external parts of their bodies and encourages them to appreciate their bodies.
Looking explains the importance of the sense of sight in children’s perceptions of the world and helps them develop the visual awareness they need to learn effectively.
Listening explains the importance of the sense of sight in children’s perceptions of the world and helps them develop the visual awareness they need to learn effectively
Tasting explains the importance of the sense of taste in children’s perceptions of the world and helps them develop the sensory awareness they need to learn effectively.
Smelling explains the importance of the sense of smell in children’s perceptions of the world and helps them develop the olfactory awareness they need to learn effectively.
Touching explains the importance of the sense of touch in children’s perceptions of the world and helps them develop the tactile awareness they need to learn effectively.
Mealtime encourages children to eat food that is good for them and provides them with helpful guidelines for eating properly.
Bathtime explains way bathing is necessary and tells children how they can make bathtime safe and fun.
Getting Dressed helps children understand the purpose of clothing and teaches them how to dress themselves.
Bedtime explains why sleep is necessary and presents children with positive ways to approach and prepare for bedtime.
Potty Training helps motivate children to accept toilet training by acknowledging their fears about using the toilet and by teaching them how to use it properly.
Illness teaches children what they can do to prevent illness and how they can help themselves get well when they become sick.
Mommies and Daddies encourages children to be more understanding and respectful of their parents and explains why sometimes parents get to be “the boss.”
Brothers and Sisters helps children find acceptable ways of handling the thoughts, feelings, and interactions that occur in their sibling relationships.
Grandmas and Grandpas encourages children to appreciate their grandparents and teaches them how to treat their grandparents with kindness and respect.
Relatives helps children understand how members of a family are related and teaches them acceptable ways to behave toward their relatives.
Different Families teaches children that families come in “all shapes and sizes” and encourages each child to appreciate and respect his or her own family.
Pets helps children develop a sense of responsibility for their pets and teaches them to treat animals with respect and appropriate caution.
Feelings defines basic childhood emotions and explains how to handle those emotions in positive ways.
Crying explains that crying can be either an appropriate or inappropriate response and teaches children positive ways of asking for the help and attention they want and need.
Security Objects acknowledges the value of security objects while helping children prepare for the time when clinging to a favorite toy or blanket for comfort is no longer appropriate.
Separation helps children deal with the stress of being away from the important people in their lives and explains how they can deal with short-term separation.
Danger helps children develop an awareness of the dangers around them and encourages them to begin taking responsibility for their own health and safety.
Boredom explains that children are responsible for their own entertainment and provides many ways for them to entertain themselves in constructive rather than destructive ways.
Pretending acknowledges the value of make-believe while helping children understand when pretending is appropriate and when it is not.
Travel helps children prepare for travel by explaining what they need to do to remain safe and well while they are traveling.
Friends helps prepare children for social interactions with other children by explaining what they can expect and what kinds of behavior are acceptable around others.
The Babysitter helps children understand the role of babysitters and explains how the time they spend with their sitters can be enjoyable.
Daycare helps prepare children for what they are likely to see and do at day care. It also reassures them that they will be safe and will have their basic needs met while they are at day care.
Preschool helps prepare children for what they are likely to see and do at school. It also reassures them that they will be safe and will have their basic needs met while they are at school.
The Doctor helps children gain control over their fear of doctors by encouraging them to become active participants when they visit the doctor’s office.
The Dentist gives children the information they need to overcome their fear of dentists by encouraging them to become active participants when they visit the dentist’s office.