Barrington, IL (Vocus) October 27, 2009
MyYoungChild.org, a web site of free online stories, which teach values to children 3-7, has added 6 new stories to the site. Other updates include an inspirational parenting video, an educator’s section, and revised parenting tips on teaching values. The site, launched in 2007 by the non-profit Early Parenting foundation, has steadily seen its readership grow: so far this year over 10,500 unique visitors from 68 international countries have frequented http://www.myyoungchild.org. The site is popular with parents and educators and has garnered publicity of late because of the values it represents.
Sixteen beautifully illustrated online stories present situations that 3-7 year old children can relate to: learning right from wrong, sharing at school, respecting friends and grandparents, telling the truth, being fair and responsible, developing patience, dealing with bullies, showing good manners and more. Each story is followed by parenting tips targeted to specific social and ethical skills—tips that explain to parents at what age children can understand different moral concepts, how to talk to their children about these issues, and examples of how parents can help their children develop values and ethics. A 3-minute online video illustrates through pictures and quotations the rewards of parenting, and is ideal to be used in a school setting with parents. Other educational sections on the website include suggestions for parents on how to teach literacy, suggestions for educators on how to teach values and social skills in the curriculum, and how to use the stories to develop literacy. All the materials on http://www.myyoungchild.org can be downloaded and used freely with children, parents and educators.
My Young Child (http://www.myyoungchild.org) is a non-profit site developed by the Early Parenting Foundation. It was begun by Wilbur S. Edwards, a recent retiree from a long career in the educational video production market, who felt strongly that certain values were lacking in our society. He enlisted Nancy Morgan, an educational consultant he had worked with before, and Holly Bell, a preschool teacher and illustrator, to create the online stories. “Our stories give parents and teachers the tools so they can discuss important values with children such as honesty, integrity, respect, and civility—values that are so needed in our society today. Our goal is to help children make good choices and lead more satisfying lives,” says Edwards.
For more information, visit http://www.myyoungchild.org or contact Wilbur Edwards of the Early Parenting Foundation at 847.381.0768.