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The Emotional Development of Young Children: Building an Emotion-centered Curriculum


reviewed by Marilyn Atherley — 2004

coverTitle: The Emotional Development of Young Children: Building an Emotion-centered Curriculum
Author(s): Marilou Hyson
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807743429, Pages: 193, Year: 2004
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This is not a regular run-of-the-mill curriculum guide, with lesson objectives stated, text on what to say to students followed by specific activities or assigned tasks. But then again an emotion-centered curriculum cannot be like that. Although there are some specific social and emotional skills to be taught, there is such a variety of ways to teach them. In addition, the early childhood phase can be considered too soon for structured teaching of these skills. At this stage it is more important to create the atmosphere of emotional safety and model certain ways of responding to emotions. The very nature of emotions and how they operate in humans lends itself to a curriculum that is not fixed or stagnant. It is a challenge therefore to write a curriculum for teaching social and emotional skills to young children. Marilou Hyson has met this challenge adequately in this book.   The Emotional Development of Young Children takes you through the process of understanding and responding to children’s emotions rather... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 931-934
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11251, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 2:53:25 PM

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  • Marilyn Atherley
    The Study Centre, St. Augustine, Trinidad
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    MARILYN ATHERLEY was born and raised in the Caribbean where she is following her vision of transforming the education system through the introduction of social and emotional learning into the schools. She achieves this through her writing and her work at The Study Centre, an education and family resource center for social and emotional learning, which she founded and directs.
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