The Peaceful Classroom

Compassion and Cooperation: Activities for 3 to 5-year-olds

Charles A. Smith

Out of print

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An essential guide for teachers. Combines useful life skills with easy, enjoyable activities.

240 x 190 mm
Floris Books
Parenting & Child Health
208 pages
Publication date:
01 Oct 1998


An essential guide for teachers, The Peaceful Classroom combines useful life skills with easy, enjoyable activities. It introduces over 160 activities for three to five-year-old children which promote skills such as friendship, compassion, cooperation and kindness. Activities are organized by age and skill, preparing children for the themes that follow.

The book contains step-by-step guides for teachers of young children, together with helpful suggestions for parental involvement.

Activities emphasize how children's beliefs about themselves and others influence their relationships. Teachers may choose to introduce skills in an appropriate, developmental sequence, or activites may be chosen for a specific quality such as gentleness.

Table of Contents

Recommended Reading
1. Belonging and Friendship
2. Compassion
3. Cooperation
4. Kindness


Winner of the Ben Franklin Award from the Publisher's Marketing Association, USA.

"This book is filled with appealing group learning activities that help children acquire compassion, cooperation, friendship, and respect for others. It also suggests ways teachers can work with parents to extend these learning experiences at home. A timely and important resource for every classroom."

'162 developmentally-appropriate classroom activities for preschoolers to teach young children the skills to live peaceably and productively. By introducing children to these structured activities within their more spontaneous free-play learning environment, teachers can encourage the development of such life skills as friendship, compassion, cooperation and kindness.'
-- Bookmark

'An excellent resource to help teachers reach out to the hearts and minds of young children and promote the positive life skills of friendship, understanding and mutual respect.'
-- Chicago Metro AEYC Connections

'162 ways to teach preschoolers compassion and cooperation through teamwork, sharing and understanding. Organized by age and skill.'
-- Skipping Stones


Dr Charles A. Smith is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Kansas State University. He has considerable experience of teaching young children, and is much sought after to speak on issues of self-esteem and social development.


The Peaceful Classroom is available in the USA from Gryphon House.

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