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Guidance of young childre

Learning Resources

This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the assigned resources for this week. To view this week’s media resources, please use the streaming media player below.

Required Resources

Course Text: Marion, M. (2015). Guidance of young children (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Chapter 3, “Understanding Child Development” (pp. 71-84)
Chapter 4, “Supportive Physical Environments: Indirect Guidance” (pp. 79-110)
Chapter 10,”Aggression and Bullying in Young Children” (pp. 266-288)

Video: Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Developing a positive classroom climate [Video file]. Retrieved from

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 24 minutes.

Week 3, creating positive environments and the ways adults and environments can promote healthy social-emotional development and positive behavior for preschool-age children.

Optional Resources

Article: “Improving Preschool Classroom Processes: Preliminary Findings from a Randomized Trial Implemented in Head Start Settings”

Paper Excerpt: “Child Care Social Climate”

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Article: “What are Prosocial Skills?” by Kelly Pfeiffer

Article: “Fostering Prosocial Behavior in Young Children” by Kathy Preusse

Developing a Positive Classroom Climate

As you have learned, creating a positive environment that values and promotes social and emotional development and prosocial skills is foundational to positive guidance. This week’s video program presents one early childhood professional, Head Start teacher Robert Recio, explaining how he creates a positive climate.

Review the video program, “Developing a Positive Classroom Climate.” As you watch, consider how Recio:

Creates a positive classroom climate

Uses positive discipline

Models responding to children as individuals and being aware of their unique needs

Fosters prosocial skills.
By Day 3:

Post a response to the following:

Share your thinking about two of the points above

Keeping in mind what you have been learning about child guidance and prosocial skills, describe what stood out for you as you watched Recio and other teachers interacting with children, family members, and each other, and explain why.


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