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The TEACH ME ABOUT books are a part of the collection of kids’ self-help books and other materials called THE JOY BERRY CLASSICS.
The purpose of the JOY BERRY CLASSICS is to help children, from the beginning of their lives through pre-adolescence, become responsible:
in their relationships with others, and
in the way that they relate to the things in their environment.
The classic look and feel of the TEACH ME ABOUT books is due to the restoration of the vintage artwork from the original publications that is now featured in the current TEACH ME ABOUT books.
The 28 TEACH ME ABOUT books begin the transfer of responsibility from the parent to the child.
The process of assuming responsibility for one’s own life needs to begin as early as possible. Sharing the TEACH ME ABOUT books with a toddler can be the first important step to transferring the responsibility for a child’s life from the parent to the child. Written in the first person, these books are designed to teach toddlers exactly how to respond in responsible ways to the people, things, and events that they encounter in their daily lives.
In order to derive the maximum benefits from the TEACH ME ABOUT books it is recommended that adults use them in the following ways:
Age 0 through 1
Parent Resource: The adult reads the books for information, insights, and encouragement.
Age 1 through 2
Picture Book: The adult encourages the child to look at the illustrations and participate in a spontaneous discussion about the illustrations.
Age 2 through 3
Read-Aloud Book: The adult reads the text to the child. Then he or she asks questions and acknowledges the child’s responses.
Independent Activity: The adult encourages the child to use the book independently.
Teach Me About My Body teaches children the names for the external parts of their bodies and encourages them to appreciate their bodies.
Teach Me About Looking explains the importance of the sense of sight in children’s perceptions of the world and helps them develop the visual awareness they need in order to learn effectively.
Teach Me About Listening explains the importance of the sense of sight in children’s perceptions of the world and helps them develop the visual awareness they need to learn effectively.
Teach Me About Tasting explains the importance of the sense of taste in children’s perceptions of the world and helps them develop the sensory awareness they need to learn effectively.
Teach Me About Smelling explains the importance of the sense of smell in children’s perceptions of the world and helps them develop the olfactory awareness they need to learn effectively.
Teach Me About Touching – Educational goals should be to explain the importance of the sense of touch in children’s perceptions of the world and helps them develop the tactile awareness they need to learn effectively.
Teach Me About Mealtime encourages children to eat food that is good for them and provides them with helpful guidelines for eating properly.
Teach Me About Bathtime explains way bathing is necessary and tells children how they can make bathtime safe and fun.
Teach Me About Getting Dressed helps children understand the purpose of clothing and teaches them how to dress themselves.
Teach Me About Bedtime explains why sleep is necessary and presents children with positive ways to approach and prepare for bedtime.
Teach Me About Potty Training addresses childhood fears about using the toilet and teaches children how to use it properly.
Teach Me About Illness teaches children what they can do to prevent illness and how they can help themselves get well when they become sick.
Teach Me About Mommies and Daddies encourages children to be more understanding and respectful of their parents and explains why sometimes parents get to be “the boss.”
Teach Me About Brothers and Sisters helps children find acceptable ways of handling the thoughts, feelings, and interactions that occur in their sibling relationships.
Teach Me About Relatives helps children understand how members of a family are related and teaches them acceptable ways to behave toward their relatives.
Teach Me About Pets develops a sense of responsibility for their pets and teaches them to treat animals with respect and appropriate caution.
Teach Me About Crying explains that crying can be either an appropriate or inappropriate response and teaches children positive ways of asking for the help and attention they want and need.
Teach Me About Security Objects acknowledges the value of security objects while helping children prepare for the time when depending on a favorite toy or blanket for comfort is no longer appropriate.
Teach Me About Separation helps children deal with the stress of being away from the important people in their lives and explains how they can deal with short-term separation.
Teach Me About Danger develops an awareness of the dangers around them and encourages them to begin taking responsibility for their own health and safety.
Teach Me About Boredom explains that children are responsible for their own entertainment and provides many ways for them to entertain themselves in constructive rather than destructive ways.
Teach Me About Pretending acknowledges the value of make-believe while helping children understand when pretending is appropriate and when it is not.
Teach Me About Travel helps children prepare for travel by explaining what they need to do to remain safe and well while they are traveling.
Teach Me About Friends helps prepare children for social interactions with other children by explaining what they can expect and what kinds of behavior are acceptable around others.
Teach Me About The Babysitter helps children understand the role of babysitters and explains how the time they spend with their sitters can be enjoyable.
Teach Me About School helps prepare children for what they are likely to see and do at school. It also reassures them that they will be safe and will have their basic needs met while they are at school.
Teach Me About The Doctor helps children gain control over their fear of doctors by encouraging them to become active participants when they visit the doctor’s office.
The Teach Me About The Dentist gives children the information they need to overcome their fear of dentists by encouraging them to become active participants when they visit the dentist’s office.