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First Choices
By Margaret Collins

First Choices

Teaching Children Aged 4-8 to Make Positive Decisions About Their Own Lives

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First Choices by Margaret Collins

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Visit the author's own website here! 'Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile' - Bertrand Russell .. and teachers, parents and carers worry that the decisions that children and young people make might be unwise or dangerous. Decision making is a skill involving both a cognitive and an affective process. The ability to: " recognize the thoughts and feelings; " consider the consequences; " choose the best outcome; is a highly valued facility leading to resilience, achievement and responsibility. The skill can be taught and in these three volumes the authors provide all the materials needed to teach a course on decision making at each age level. The programme provides a menu of stories related to the real life experiences of the young people. Topics are selected to be age appropriate and the series includes: " Stealing; " Lying; " Social behaviours; " Risks; " Justice; " Loss,Grief and Bereavement; " Prejudice; " First love; " Disability; " Leaving home; " Family relationships. The teacher notes indicate 'stopping points' where reflection and discussion is encouraged.A choice of endings is offered or the young people can develop their own ideas about what might happen next. The course can be introduced at any age or used to develop the skills through school life from early years to the teens. 'The need to work with children to help them understand the complexity of the place and the relationships within which they are growing up is greater than ever. This programme of stories, developed through Circle Time, gives a clear and challenging context for this work to develop' - Support For Learning 'You'd be hard pushed to find a better decision making programme than this excellent set of books...This series will undoubtedly kick-start conversation, prod thinking and stimulate classroom debate' - Times Educational Supplement Magazine Other books in the series include Tina Rae's Good Choices and Phil Carradice's Life Choices

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412913058
ISBN-10: 1412913055
Format: Paperback
(242mm x 170mm x 10mm)
Pages: 152
Imprint: Paul Chapman Publishing Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Circle Time for the Very Young by Margaret Collins Circle Time for the Very Young, Paperback (March 2011)

Perfect for those that want to use circle time in their setting, this classic book is now in its third edition and has been updated to include a CD Rom - allowing busy practitioners to print the activity and evaluation sheets that are part of this must-have resource!

Raising Self-Esteem in Primary Schools by Margaret Collins Raising Self-Esteem in Primary Schools, Paperback (September 2009)

This book is a whole school traninig programme designed to raise self-esteem for everyone in the primary school.

Global Citizenship for Young Children by Margaret Collins Global Citizenship for Young Children, Paperback (April 2008)

Citizenship education equips children with the skills necessary to play an active part in society and act as socially and morally responsible citizens. This book explores six topics including: Basic needs, Environmental issues, Fairness, Exploring various cultures, Democracy, and Global issues.

Music and Circle Time by Margaret Collins Music and Circle Time, Paperback (May 2006)

This book helps children enjoy greater success in other content areas as they learn about rhythm and chants, music, instruments, art, ring games, and story projects.

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Author Biography - Margaret Collins

Margaret Collins is a former headteacher of infant and first schools. She is now Senior Visiting Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Southampton. She researches children's perceptions of health education topics, writes teaching materials for children, books and articles on PSHE.

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