Family Life Extension Educators across Illinois provide community-based educational programs to fit the specialized needs of family members. These educators have developed unique skills for reaching underserved rural and urban families who often would not have the opportunity to learn about children and families. (A complete list of educators.)
In addition to conducting community-based programs, these educators have produced many valuable resource materials for parents, teachers and child care providers. Below is a list of some of those resources:
For teachers and child care providers:
Terrific Teachable Moments
Everyone who works with children knows the value of a teachable moment. With Terrific Teachable Moments: Pre-K through Grade 2 and Terrific Teachable Moments: Grades 3 through 6 at your fingertips, you can respond to character and behavior issues with a range of ages at a moment's notice. Each book has 75 hands-on, minds-on mini-lessons (about 10 minutes each) that equip you to help children make positive character choices at school and beyond. The activities are categorized using the Six Pillars of Character--Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and CitizenshipThe Terrific Teachable Moments CD-ROM works on both Windows and Macintosh operating systems and includes Adobe's free Reader software for viewing the PDF files
Walk in My Shoes will help school-age children learn how to understand older people better by getting to know an older adult and becoming more aware of the aging process. This project will give children an opportunity to understand their attitudes about growing older, to develop new communication skills that can be used all through your life, and finally, to form new or enrich current friendships with older family or community members. Walk in My Shoes has many activities that bring children together with older friends or family members. These activities can be completed in a group setting or they may be done at home.
Extension family life faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies include: