Character Critters

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  • Parents, teachers and caregivers strongly influence the foundation for moral development in the very early years of a child's life.
  • Over 5000 resource kits provided free to volunteers Over 7800 volunteers trained/using resources Over 97,000 preschool children heard character themed stories from volunteers Over 99,000 parents of preschoolers received storybooks with character theme Educational website developed
  • 100 % of 197 teachers learned activities to help with their student’s emotional and social development and to teach character concepts to their students 99 % of 197 teachers indicated they will conduct character activities for their students Vast majority of teachers are using the resources in their classrooms with their students
  • 87% of 675 childcare providers reported they learned to teach the concepts of character 99 % of 342 parents stated they learned activities that will help with their child’s’ development 93 % of 340 parents reported they will teach the 6 traits of character to their children
  • Character Critters

    1. 1. Character Critters A character education program forpreschool children and their parents
    2. 2. Brought to you today by:Kim JonesRebecca WhiteCOOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICELSU AGCENTER
    3. 3. Why Early Character Education for Preschoolers? ∗ Character education has been identified as a key need for children
    4. 4. Why Early Character Education for Preschoolers?Research indicates thefoundation for moraldevelopment is stronglyinfluenced in the veryearly years of achilds life by parents,early teachers andcaregivers.
    5. 5. Program Overview∗ Developed for pre-school children and their parents∗ Designed to be implemented by volunteers∗ Comprehensive in design with 5 components
    6. 6. Program Components∗ Children’s stories about character∗ Parent-child interaction take-home sheets∗ Educational presentations for parents∗ Storybooks∗ Program evaluation
    7. 7. Louisiana Vision for Character CrittersFor all Louisiana 3 - 5 year olds to hear the Character Critter stories from teachers, volunteers and/or their parents
    8. 8. Program Objectives∗ Introduce children to character concepts∗ Increase parents’ understanding of character concepts∗ Increase parents’ involvement in their children’s character development∗ Teachers, volunteer storytellers, and parents’ to tell character stories to young children∗ Increase volunteerism in communities
    9. 9. Character Critters Program Impacts∗ Thousands of free resource kits to teachers∗ Thousands of teachers and volunteers trained∗ Educational Website developed∗ Over 160,000 parents of young children reached with storybooks∗ Hundreds of thousands of young children have heard Character Critters stories
    10. 10. Character Critters Program Impacts -Teachers∗ Learned activities to help with their student’s development∗ Learned to teach character concepts to their students∗ Are conducting character activities for their students
    11. 11. Character Critters Program Impacts - Caregivers and Parents∗ Childcare providers learned to teach concepts of character∗ Parents learned activities to help with their child’s’ development∗ Parents indicated they will teach the traits of character
    12. 12. Character Critter Educator Kits ∗ Storyboards ∗ Program Implementation Guide ∗ Sample storybook
    13. 13. Additional Character Critter Ideas ∗ Volunteer resource kits have been developed to include puppets and other teaching supplies
    14. 14. Character Critters Website∗ Google search for “LSU AgCenter Character Critters”
    15. 15. Puppets∗ Folkmanis Puppets
    16. 16. Volunteers Getting Materials Ready
    17. 17. Other Resources∗ Flannel Board∗ Storytelling glove∗ Art activities
    18. 18. Critter Storytelling Volunteers
    19. 19. Hearing the Critter Stories
    20. 20. Hearing the Critters Stories
    21. 21. “Bunny Hoppin”
    22. 22. Learning to Plant a Tree Like Carrie the Caring Cat
    23. 23. Kindergarten students hoppin’ round like Fran and Freddie the Fair Frogs.
    24. 24. Critters in the Classroom
    25. 25. More Critters in the Classroom
    26. 26. Kindergarten students learning about fairness
    27. 27. Kindergarten students talking about fairness
    28. 28. Parents Telling Stories to Their Children
    29. 29. How you can help!∗ Use the Character Critters resources, your enhancement materials and ideas with your children∗ Send home the parent-child take-home sheets∗ Participate in the Character Critters evaluation and return to your local LSU AgCenter agent who will send to Dr. Rebecca White
    30. 30. Website: www.lsuagcenter.com For more information contact: Kim Jones Instructor, Department of 4-H Youth Development Email: kjones@agcenter.lsu.edu (225) 578-2196 Rebecca White, Ph.D.Professor, Organization Development and Evaluation Email: bwhite@agcenter.lsu.edu (225) 578-3921

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