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



© 2010 | 184 pages | Corwin

"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

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 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
  • Recommendations of related children's books
  • Activities indexed by state standards for easy curriculum planning

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!

 
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

"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!"

Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Consultant, Early Childhood Specialist
Author of Dragon Mom and Diversity in Early Care and Education

“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.”

Jeff A. Johnson, Owner
Explorations Early Learning LLC

“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.”

Darlene Wontrop, Literacy Leader, International Reading Association
Harford County Public Schools, Forest Hill, MD

“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.”

Michelle Barnea, Executive Director
Early Learning Innovations LLC

"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.”

Carrie Clark, First-Grade Teacher
Gilbert Community Schools, Ames, IA

“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 McNelis, Owner, Brain Insights
Author of The Brain Development Series

Too basic--not research-based enough for grad students. This seems like a book geared more towards parents than educators. It would be a fun book for a intro early childhood ed class.

Dr Ann Kolodji
Health Promo Human Move Dept, Ithaca College
November 27, 2010
Key features
  • Teachers will love the emphasis on bringing back more traditional values to the classroom, while research supports the fact that these values are important for children's development
  • Includes many activities to support development in each of the areas of creativity, curiosity, and courtesy
  • Will fit within any primary curriculum
  • Includes links to early learning standards

Sample Materials & Chapters

Dischler_Teaching_3_Cs_Intro

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