The Whole Child
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About the Series
THE WHOLE CHILD: A CAREGIVER'S GUIDE TO THE FIRST FIVE YEARS is the first course in early childhood education designed to integrate a successful text with broadcast-quality video programs and study guides. The series is based on the nationally-acclaimed textbook The Whole Child: Developmental Education for the Early Years by Dr. Joanne Hendrick and focuses on children's physical, emotional, social, creative, and cognitive development.
        Thirteen half-hour video programs, taped at working childcare centers, show real caregivers and children working and playing together in ways that facilitate children's learning and development. The programs highlight teaching approaches and interactions with children from multicultural backgrounds and of all developmental levels including those with disabilities and special needs.

Video Production and Distribution Credits, Copyright Information
THE WHOLE CHILD: A CAREGIVER'S GUIDE TO THE FIRST FIVE YEARS was developed and produced by the Detroit Educational Television Foundation,WTVS/Channel 56, in association with the Merrill-Palmer Institute of Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Major funding provided by the Annenberg/CPB Project.

Series Host and Primary Content Advisor:

Joanne Hendrick, Ph.D.
Author of The Whole Child and content consultant for the project. Dr. Hendrick is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education Emerita at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

Principal Project Personnel:

Bob Rossbach
Project Manager/Executive in Charge of Production
WTVS

Harvey Ovshinsky
Executive Producer HKO Media, Inc.

Patricia Weissman, Ed.D.
Early Childhood Content Coordinator/Research Associate Merrill-Palmer Institute

Advisors:
An advisory council of distinguished experts from diverse areas of early childhood education and child development from across the country contributed to creating this series.

Participants:
Participants include staff, children, and families at:

  • The Child Development Center
    The University of Michigan-Dearborn
    Dearborn, MI
  • Edmonson School
    Dearborn, MI
  • Epoch Child Care Center, Inc.
    Detroit, MI
  • Human Services Department
    Detroit Head Start Program
    Detroit, MI
  • Jackie's Tender Tots
    Detroit, MI
  • Kresge Early Childhood Program
    Southfield, MI
  • Poe School
    Detroit, MI
  • Vistas Nuevas
    St. Gabriel Head Start
    Detroit, MI
  • Wayne State University, College of Education
    Wayne State University Nursery
    Detroit, MI
Series Ordering Information
English and Spanish versions of the video programs may be purchased individually or as a series from the Annenberg/CPB Project. Call 1-800-LEARNER for more information.
  • Curriculum Package - English: $295.00
    13 half-hour programs on 13 cassettes
    Faculty guide (English only)
    Right to duplicate one set of videos
    Closed captioned.
  • Curriculum Package - Spanish: $295.00
    13 half-hour programs on 13 cassettes
    Faculty guide (English only)
    Right to duplicate one set of videos
    Not closed captioned.
  • Parent Package - English: $295.00
    13 half-hour programs on 13 cassettes
    Parent guide (English)
    Right to duplicate one set of videos
    Closed captioned.
  • Parent Package - Spanish: $295.00
    13 half-hour programs on 13 cassettes
    Parent guide (Spanish)
    Right to duplicate one set of videos
    Not closed captioned.
  • Telecourse licensing
    The series is available from the PBS Adult Learning Service for use as a one-semester, college-credit telecourse.

Telecourse licensing for organizations

Overview and objectives
THE WHOLE CHILD: A CAREGIVER'S GUIDE TO THE FIRST FIVE YEARS is designed for use as a one-semester, comprehensive college-credit telecourse in early childhood education. It integrates the 13 half-hour video programs with faculty and student guides as well as with the textbook. Scenes from the video programs form the basis for group discussion in university and community college classrooms and provide structure for distance learning students using the materials.
        The curriculum is divided into six content areas each corresponding to a major area of childhood development. Within each of these content areas, one or more units (each corresponding to a week's study in a formal setting) present the material to be covered. The six content areas are:

  1. Issues of Physical Well-Being
    Daily Routines
    Physical Development
  2. Issues of Infancy
    Infant Development
  3. Emotional Health
    Self-Esteem and Self-Identity
    Family Life
  4. Children with Special Needs
    Special Needs Children
  5. Social Development
    Self-Control
    Respecting Diversity
  6. Fostering Emergent Curriculum
    Creativity and Play
    Language Development
    Motivation and Inquiry
The goal of the curriculum is to broaden the understanding and improve the skills of those dealing with young children from infancy through preschool. In doing so, the course will increase the likelihood that more children will enter K-12 education with a well-integrated sense of themselves, an intact, positive self-image, and a realistic belief that they can succeed in school.

For more information about telecourse licensing and pricing, please visit the ALS Web site or call 1-800-257-2578.

Institutions offering the course
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Coordinated Print Materials

Print materials available from Prentice Hall:

  • Textbook (English only):
    The Whole Child: Developmental Education for the Early Years by Joanne Hendrick. Seventh Edition, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001. (ISBN: 0-13-022606-8)
    Eighteen chapters from the text are utilized in the thirteen video units and constitute the text assignments for the relevant units. Chapters include research studies, suggested activities, content-related and integrative questions, as well as annotated references for further reading.

  • Study Guide - English:
    Student Guide to Accompany The Whole Child by Patricia Weissman and Judith Allen Kaminsky. Sixth Edition, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998. (ISBN: 0-13-095078-5)
    Designed as a workbook for the distance learning student taking this telecourse at home. Includes step by step instructions for how to use the video lessons. Each unit includes an overview, a list of objectives and text assignments. Questions and additional written assignments integrate the video with information and activities in the textbook.

  • Student Guide to Accompany The Whole Child by Patricia Weissman and Judith Allen Kaminsky.
    Sixth Edition, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998. (ISBN: 0-13-095078-5)

Print materials available from the Annenberg/CPB Project. Call 1-800-LEARNER for more information:

  • Study Guide - Spanish:
    Student Guide to Accompany The Whole Child by Patricia Weissman, Judith Allen Kaminsky, and Joanne Hendrick. The Annenberg/CPB Project, 1998.

    One desk copy of the faculty guide will be provided by the PBS Adult Learning Service to each institution paying a telecourse licensing fee. Copies are also available from The Annenberg/CPB Project. Call 1-800-LEARNER for more information.

  • Faculty Guide (English Only):
    Integrates the principles and practical applications explored in the video programs with the corresponding chapters in the textbook. Includes an overview and objectives for each unit, plus activities, assignments and questions based on both the text material and video programs. Suggestions for planning and organizing a one-semester course easily adapted to individual teaching styles. Provides assistance to instructions supervising distance learning students in the course.

  • The Whole Child by Patricia Weissman, Judith Allen Kaminsky, and Joanne Hendrick. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998.

The PBS Adult Learning Service
        PBS Adult Learning Service provides colleges with one-stop shopping for flexible and trusted course content. ALS offers more than 100 college-credit courses in every curricula area, delivered in a variety of formats. Video-based courses feature broadcast quality documentary style video programs, Web-enhancements, textbooks, study guides, faculty manuals and test banks. e-Learning courses (available via the Internet, CD-ROM, or both) feature expertly-integrated video, text, animation, graphics, interactivity and assessment tools and can be used with most course management systems.
        Our award-winning courses enable college personnel to offer their students (both distance and traditional) highly produced, state-of-the art learning experiences more cost-effectively than developing and maintaining course materials themselves. PBS and its member stations are the leading providers of distance learning tools to America's colleges and more than 6 million students have earned college credit through public television. Using our tools, all colleges can provide the quality of courses necessary to successfully recruit and retain today’s students.
        By promoting universal access to a college education, PBS-ALS and its college partners have proven especially valuable to Americans wanting to advance their careers despite busy work and life schedules -- as well as to retirees and other lifelong learners.
        Learn more about PBS's adult learning activities and preview our courses at PBS.org/als.

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