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Child Development


Child Development



LET THEM EAT DIRT: THE HUNT FOR OUR KIDS' MISSING MICROBES

Directed by Rivkah Beth Medow, Brad Marshland

Looks at the role microbes play in the development, physical and mental health of our children, and argues that good health begins with kids playing in the dirt.

Allergies, obesity, asthma, diabetes, auto-immune and intestinal disorders are all on the rise, with the incidence of some diseases doubling every ten years. New research points to changes in the ecosystem of microbes that live on and inside every one of us -- our microbiomes -- as a major cause. But how could one's gut microbes increase the odds of developing conditions as radically different as asthma and diabetes?

Hosted by Good Morning America's Becky Worley, and based on the book of the same name by B. Brett Finlay, PhD and Marie-Claire Arrieta, PhD, LET THEM EAT DIRT features families, doctors, and researchers who are sleuthing out what's harming our microbes -- and what we can do to reverse this dangerous trend.


DVD / 2019 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 58 minutes

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LIFE AT 9

Life at 9 provides a window on Australian childhood in an effort to uncover just what it is that gives a child the best chance at life. Every two years, the filmmakers revisit these children and their families to gain an in-depth snapshot of their lives, examining what it takes to give a child the best chance in life.

The children of today will need to be creative to solve the problems of tomorrow. So what is creativity and how creative are our children? What inhibits creativity and what helps it to flourish?


2 DVDs / 2014 / 110 minutes

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SCHOOL'S OUT: LESSONS FROM A FOREST KINDERGARTEN

Directed by Lisa Molomot

A year in the life of a forest kindergarten in Switzerland where being outdoors and unstructured play are the main components.

No classroom for these kindergarteners. In Switzerland's Langnau am Albis, a suburb of Zurich, children 4 to 7 years of age, go to kindergarten in the woods every day, no matter what the weatherman says. This eye-opening film follows the forest kindergarten through the seasons of one school year and looks into the important question of what it is that children need at that age. There is laughter, beauty and amazement in the process of finding out.

The documentary is a combination of pure observational footage of the children at kindergarten in the forest, paired with interviews with parents, teachers, child development experts, and alumni, offering the viewers a genuine look into the forest kindergarten. There are also scenes of a traditional kindergarten in the United States to show the contrast between the different approaches.


DVD / 2013 / (Grades K-12, College, Adult) / 36 minutes

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LIFE AT 7

The Life Series is an observational documentary series that chronicles the lives of 11 children as they grow from infancy to adolescence. Combining real life stories with cutting edge science, it offers a refreshing insight into contemporary family life.

Every two years, the filmmakers revisit these children and their families to gain an in-depth snapshot of their lives, examining what it takes to give a child the best chance in life. Now, with our children having reached the critical age of seven, and in the midst of profound life changes, this two-part series explores their first tentative steps towards independence and self-identity.

For the first time, in Life at 7, we hear directly from the children as they speak about who they are, and how they see themselves in their ever-expanding world.


2 DVDs / 2012 / 100 minutes

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BULLYING BEHAVIOR IN BOYS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

By Bob Ditter

Bullying Behavior in Boys and What to do About It presents a clear and powerful overview of the complexities of bullying behavior in boys and how to respond to it in practical, effective ways. The DVD discusses several of the factors that make bullying behavior so difficult in general and then thoughtfully explains the differences in both the motivation and behavior between boys who bully and girls who are socially aggressive. The DVD also details a step-by-step process for responding to bullying behavior— an approach that is essential for anyone working with children in groups, no matter what the setting.

Among the topics covered:
  • Bullying behavior in boys
  • Three approaches: #1—help the victim
  • Three approaches: #2—address the bully
  • Three approaches: #3—work with the other boys
  • Use parents as allies in the process


  • DVD / 2011 / 30 minutes

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    COMBATING CONFLICT WITH CHARACTER: DEALING WITH BULLYING

    A recent survey by the U.S. Department of Justice states that one out of every four kids is bullied in some way-and that estimate, according to other reports, is too conservative. Why is bullying so widespread? What are the various forms it can take? How should a bullying victim react to intimidation and physical aggression, or-ideally-avoid becoming a victim in the first place? This video addresses those questions as it looks at the root causes and potential solutions to bullying dilemmas. Studying the verbal, emotional, and social aspects of bullying and cyberbullying as well as physical harassment and attacks, the program also distinguishes between bullying that is typically male and typically female-revealing the wide range of results that all forms can have, from hurt feelings to academic problems to murder and suicide. Dramatizations and expert commentary highlight specific strategies to combat this disturbing challenge to American education and the well-being of its young people.

    DVD / 2011 / 30 minutes

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    COMBATING CONFLICT WITH CHARACTER: HANDLING PEER PRESSURE

    The teen years are a time of experimenting with identity, but along with that search for self come major decisions about what groups to fit into-and how to fit into them. This video explores peer group influences; how they can cause young people to change their attitudes, values, or behaviors in order to conform; and what can be done to avoid their pitfalls. Topics include positive, negative, direct, and indirect peer pressure; cultural forces, especially media-driven ones, that push the desire to be a "star" instead of making a genuine journey of self-discovery; and media stereotypes of what it means to be attractive, smart, or successful. The program also looks at how friendship groups can become cliques, how low self-esteem leads some people to manipulate or intimidate others to fit in, and how peer pressure, as pervasive as it is, can be countered with honesty, self-expression, and self-knowledge.

    DVD / 2011 / 30 minutes

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    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THE PRESCHOOL SETTING

    Working with Children and Families to Support English Language Learners.

    Chapter 1: Development of English Language Learners
    Chapter 2: Working with Families of English Language Learners
    Chapter 3: Integrating Content Learning & English Language Learners


    DVD / 2011 / 60 minutes

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    MANAGING EVERYDAY CHALLENGES THROUGH POSITIVE GUIDANCE

    Learn how the physical environment can support social and emotional development. Re-direction and setting limits aid in positive development. Finding "hot spots" can help ease difficulties.

    Chapter 1: Developing Positive Relationships to Support Young Children's Social and Emotional Development
    Chapter 2: Preventive Practices in the Preschool Classroom
    Chapter 3: Developing Social Skills and Utilizing Positive Guidance Strategies in Managing Everyday Challenges


    DVD / 2011 / 60 minutes

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    NATURE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

    See how teachers use nature and the environment to help children learn across a wide array of disciplines. Visit two playscapes, or natural playgrounds, to see how teachers integrate nature into all learning. Learn the key features of this new phenomenon. Watch teachers as they help children learn to love nature and gain higher levels of thinking about the environment, science & their place in the world.

    Chapter 1: Romancing Nature
    Chapter 2: Designing Nature Spaces
    Chapter 3: Environmental Education


    DVD / 2011 / 60 minutes

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    LIFE AT 5

    The third instalment of The Life Series features the ordinary and extraordinary journeys of eleven children as they learn to deal with many of life's hurdles including death, divorce and the day-to-day challenges of being a five year old.

    Following on from Life at 1 and Life at 3, Life at 5 tracks the children against contemporary scientific findings from two areas of child development; childhood resilience and the factors which enhance school readiness.

    As the lives of the children unfold, we grapple with the very essence of what it takes to make us all thriving, creative and happy human beings.


    2 DVDs / 2010 / 110 minutes

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    MATHEMATICAL THINKING: GEOMETRY, PATTERNING & MEASUREMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

    Learning shapes deepens mathematical understanding. Children build future math skills through patterning. Measurement begins in infancy. Exploring length, volume and time supports later learning.

    Chapter 1: Geometry
    Chapter 2: Patterning
    Chapter 3: Measurement


    DVD / 2010 / 90 minutes

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    PLAY AGAIN (NEW EDITION)

    Directed by Tonje Hessen Schei

    What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature? Six screen-addicted teens take their first wilderness adventure.

    One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii.

    But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet?

    At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, PLAY AGAIN explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?

    This emotionally moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the "average American child," spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure - no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.

    Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan, and geneticist David Suzuki, PLAY AGAIN investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.


    DVD / 2010 / (Grades 6-12, College, Adult) / 80 minutes

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    ART IN UNIVERSALLY DESIGNED PRESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS

    Discover how to awaken creative expression and encourage artistic growth. Learn how the Universal Design for Learning supports the success of children. Explore how to implement art experiences that meet the developmental needs of children at all levels.

    Chapter 1: Art as an Open-ended Process
    Chapter 2: Universal Design and Art Education
    Chapter 3: Art and the Integrated Curriculum


    DVD / 2009 / 84 minutes

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    MORE TIME TO TEACH: MANAGING CONFLICT WITH STUDENTS

    When teachers and students are in conflict, the teacher's response will often determine whether the situation escalates or de-escalates. MANAGING CONFLICT WITH STUDENTS gives teachers the tools to respond to conflict situations in a way that keeps problems small. Designed for general/special education teachers, administrators, and university instructors, MANAGING CONFLICT will reduce classroom disruptions, improve school atmosphere, and bring the joy back to teaching.

    DVD / 2009 / (Educators) / Approx. 20 minutes

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    MORE TIME TO TEACH: OFFERING CHOICES

    Teachers often become angry or frustrated after making repeated requests for students to stop their disruptive behaviors. OFFERING CHOICES gives teachers the skills to remain calm and eliminates the need to constantly remind students. Designed for general/special education teachers, administrators, and university instructors, OFFERING CHOICES will help teach students responsibility as well as help teachers avoid the frustration of dealing with repeated misbehaviors.

    DVD / 2009 / (Educators) / Approx. 21 minutes

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    MORE TIME TO TEACH: WORKING WITH CHALLENGING PARENTS

    When teachers are challenged by parents, their responses can become defensive, dismissive or divisive. This only seems to cause situations to get worse. WORKING WITH CHALLENGING PARENTS gives teachers the skills to respond to challenging parents in a confident manner that builds relationships. Designed for general/special education teachers, administrators, and university instructors, WORKING WITH CHALLENGING PARENTS will create a collaborative community between schools and parents to best help the child.

    DVD / 2009 / (Educators) / Approx. 20 minutes

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    LANGUAGE ARTS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

    Learn how use quality literature and opportunities for interactive reading. See how to promote a child's understanding of print. Explore ways to integrate literacy activities throughout the learning environment.

    Chapter 1: Quality Literature is the Foundation for Interactive Reading
    Chapter 2: Knowledge of Print Awareness and Emergent Writing Guides Planning
    Chapter 3: Planning for Intentional Teaching Opportunities Throughout the Classroom


    DVD / 2008 / 90 minutes

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    MATHEMATICS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

    Observation and reflection informs instructional strategies. Learn how to integrate mathematics throughout the learning environment to create intentional teaching opportunities.

    Chapter 1: Knowledge of Mathematical Thinking Guides Planning
    Chapter 2: Teacher Reflection Informs Planning
    Chapter 3: Planning for Intentional Teaching Opportunities


    DVD / 2008 / 67 minutes

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    SCIENCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

    Learn to extend science activities to promote higher-level thinking. See how integrating science learning throughout the environment can create a rich and meaningful science curriculum.

    Chapter 1: Children's Development of Scientific Knowledge Guides Planning
    Chapter 2: Teacher Reflection Informs Planning
    Chapter 3: Integrating Science Throughout the Classroom


    DVD / 2008 / 83 minutes

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    SOCIAL STUDIES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

    Understand how the learning environment can support social studies learning. Learn how to encourage children to learn collaboratively, becoming contributing citizens in a community. See how to help children construct an understanding of time, supporting history content standards.

    Chapter 1: Creating an Environment that Supports Social Studies Content
    Chapter 2: Fostering a Classroom Community
    Chapter 3: Building a Foundation for History


    DVD / 2008 / 84 minutes

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    AUTO-B-GOOD CHARACTER EDUCATION SERIES

    Welcome to the City of Auto, where character education and positive messages connect with children's fascination with cars and trucks. Auto-B-Good is a character development series for grades K-6 that features 9 animated vehicles, each with his or her own unique personality. A supporting cast of over 50 other vehicles populates this richly diverse community of cars - all sorts of makes and models!

    This engaging series features an outstanding selection of 63 positive character traits, with three 10-12 minute stories on each DVD. Turbo-charged, fast-paced episodes and quality animation will captivate, entertain and educate students. Character education resources provide educators the tools they are looking for to enhance character development and win the character race.

    This multiple award-winning series (including 5 Emmys) is as engaging as it is entertaining. It doesn't matter what age, race or gender you are - there is something for everyone in this exciting world of cars and character education.

    Individual titles are:
    Volume 1: Punctuality, Promptness, Readiness
    Volume 2: Responsibility, Respect, Dependability
    Volume 3: Obedience, Self-Control, Politeness
    Volume 4: Truthfulness, Honesty, Kindness
    Volume 5: Thankfulness, Generosity, Goodwill
    Volume 6: Joyfulness, Patience, Cooperation
    Volume 7: Tolerance, Consideration, Uniqueness
    Volume 8: Patriotism, Citizenship, Loyalty
    Volume 9: Courage, Initiative, Self-Reliance
    Volume 10: Perseverance, Sportsmanship, Self-Discipline
    Volume 11: Independence, Resourcefulness, Cleanliness
    Volume 12: Courtesy, Fairness, Confidence
    Volume 13: Decency, Goodness, Dignity
    Volume 14: Integrity, Bravery, Determination
    Volume 15: Sharing, Friendliness, Gratefulness
    Volume 16: Helpfulness, Enthusiasm, Selflessness
    Volume 17: Restraint, Willpower, Wisdom
    Volume 18: Self-Acceptance, Caring, Hygiene
    Volume 19: Discovering Talent, Commitment, Imagination
    Volume 20: Slow to Judge, Forgiveness, Friendship
    Volume 21: Trustworthiness, Heroic, Peacefulnes


    21 DVDs (Closed Captioned) / (Grades K-6) / 735 minutes

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    FAMILY BASED PREVENTION 5 - NURTURING HEALTHY AND SOCIALLY COMPETENT CHILDREN

    How can adults build resiliency in youth? Learn how you can overcome the barriers to resilience, such as the death of a parent or grandparent, poverty, job loss or the disability of a parent. Learn how to help a child develop self-esteem and how a sense of personal security builds resilience. See how working with families across a broad array of issues can help children build resiliency. Understand the language of resiliency.

    Learn how a small change in the classroom can help support children's social competence. How can this challenge of social competence be addressed among English language learners? How can communication and problem solving help children build social competence? This DVD addresses these questions and more.


    DVD / 164 minutes

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    FAMILY BASED PREVENTION 6 - SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN YOUNG CHILDREN

    What is emotional literacy? Learn the importance of teaching emotional literacy to young children. How can social/emotional development be supported through building empathy, expressing feelings and building a sense of confidence and competence? Brainstorm ways to teach emotional literacy.

    When do the first signs of friendship emerge? When do children learn empathy? How do friendships support cognitive and social development? Learn how to help children build friendship skills through turn taking, sharing and play. Learn how to help children build friendship skills by entering play and role modeling.


    DVD / 154 minutes

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    FAMILY BASED PREVENTION 7 - HEALTHY AND SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN: ROLES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS AND PARENTS

    Understand how to delineate the significance of protective factors in young children. Learn strategies for supporting the development of assets and protective factors. Understand the importance of social marketing as a strategy for increasing parent involvement.

    Understand key risk factors and important family protective factors. What are the barriers to parent involvement that teachers can address? Learn ways to promote parent involvement. Learn social marketing strategies that can increase parent engagement. Experience ways family celebrations and reading nights can involve families in prevention.


    DVD / 158 minutes

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    FAMILY BASED PREVENTION 8 - FAMILY COMMUNICATION: ROLES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS AND PARENTS

    Learn the importance of building positive family communication skills in parents and children. Apply strategies to help parents enhance effective family communication skills. Help children and parents improve listening skills. See how non-verbal skills like avoiding eye contact and fidgeting can block communication.

    Learn strategies that facilitate pro-social development. Understand active listening through encouraging, clarifying, repeating, reflecting and summarizing. Learn how to help children build problem solving skills and conflict resolution. See how effectively managing our own emotions can help us teach the same skills to children.


    DVD / 200 minutes

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    FAMILY BASED PREVENTION 9 - BUILDING DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS IN YOUNG CHILDREN: ROLES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS AND PARENTS

    Learn how to explain risk and protective factors associated with healthy behaviors in children. Identify key developmental assets in children and apply strategies to help children build them. Understand the three key areas in identifying risk factors in children.

    Understand the importance of building self-esteem and resiliency in children. What are the key components in helping children build self-esteem? How can a sense of uniqueness help children build developmental assets? What is the role of race, culture, and ethnic background in building a sense of uniqueness in children? Help children define their own power as a means to build self-esteem.


    DVD / 183 minutes

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