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Faith in Children: Stories From Faith-based Children's Centers.

FAITH IN CHILDREN: Stories From Faith-based Children's Centers. Roberta R. Owens, Franklin, TN: Providence House Publishers, 2007. 264 pp. Softcover, $34.95. Many preschool youngsters attend private faith-based programs. This book sensitively addresses many facets of such faith-based education and focuses on enhancing awareness and encouragement of more prosocial harmonious actions among preschoolers, teachers, and families. The book's focus is somewhat narrow, as it is definitely addressed to Christian-sponsored preschool education faculties and would not be necessarily appropriate for facilities serving children of other faiths. Given that limitation, the breadth and variety of topics addressed in each chapter makes this an admirable addition for the library of a Christian preschool. To illustrate, among the topics addressed are: loving and perceptive behaviors for positive implementation of inclusion of a typical children in a program; caring for children during disasters; helping children experiencing grief in their families or with peers or teachers; celebrating children's good choices; sharing church space; and use of puppets and storytelling to enhance faith and kindness. All stakeholders who want to promote the establishment of a faith-based preschool program as an integral part of a Christian community will find the advice in this volume to be valuable. Reviewed by Alice Sterling Honig, Professor Emerita of Child Development, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
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Author:Honig, Alice Sterling
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Date:Mar 22, 2008
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