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B.e.e. Program

Begin Education Early

Program Content

The design of the B.e.e. parent education curriculum is based on the National Extension Parent Education Model (NEPEM), a manual of priority parenting practices developed from a review of the best available research on parental behavior and its effects on children's healthy growth and development. The B.e.e. program uses NEPEM as a framework to identify parental needs and structure individual learning goals. Having this framework allows the parent educator to organize parents' expressed concerns and their own observations into individualized lessons that address those parenting needs consistent with the goals of the B.e.e. program.

Within this framework, the B.e.e. program uses the Principles of Parenting curriculum (published by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System) as the primary basis for responding to parenting needs. The thirteen primary publications in this series address five of six of the NEPEM categories of priority parenting practices, and the accompanying training guide offers many suggestions for the parent educator to use to teach these practices. In addition, five fact sheets in the series address specific concerns characteristic of parents with very young children.

Parent educators receive training on the use of these materials as well as additional materials designed for limited literacy audiences. For a more detailed description of the program curricula/materials, go to the Program Content page.

The B.e.e. early childhood curriculum is designed to follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice. Each session (including the activity, book, and other supplemental activities) focuses on a specific topic (for example, animals, shapes and colors, etc.).

Information & Activities for B.e.e. Parents

The B.e.e. program parent educators use the following information and activities with parents:

GETTING YOUNG CHILDREN READY TO LEARN -publication (Alabama Cooperative Extension System)

PRINCIPLES OF PARENTING (Alabama Cooperative Extension System)


Publications:

The Challenge of Being a Parent
Taking Care of the Parent: Replacing Stress with Peace
Building Family Strengths
Helping Your Children Succeed at Learning
Strengthening Your Marriage
Now That We're Divorced, How Can We Parent Together?
Enjoying Each Child as an Individual
Being Understanding: A Key to Developing Healthy Children
Sending Messages of Love
Building a Positive Relationship with Your Child
Meeting Children's Needs
Communication: Building a Strong Bridge Between You and Your Child
Something Better Than Punishment
Raising Good Children: Helping Your Child Become a Moral Adult
Helping Young Children Behave
Infant Crying: I'm Trying to Tell You Something
Am I Spoiling My Child?
Coping with Your Toddler & Toilet Training
Talking So Young Children Understand

Educator Guides:

The Challenge of Being a Parent
Taking Care of the Parent: Replacing Stress with Peace
Building Family Strengths
Helping Your Children Succeed at Learning
Strengthening Your Marriage
Now That We're Divorced, How Can We Parent Together?
Enjoying Each Child as an Individual
Being Understanding: A Key to Developing Healthy Children
Sending Messages of Love
Building a Positive Relationship with Your Child
Meeting Children's Needs
Communication: Building a Strong Bridge Between You and Your Child
Something Better Than Punishment

BASIC PARENTING - parent education curriculum/program (Kansas State Research and Extension)

BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES - parent education curriculum/program (Michigan State University Extension)

B.E.E. KEEPER'S GUIDES TO PARENTING

Waiting Patiently
Interrupting
Obeying/Non-compliance

GOOD BEEGINNINGS NEWSLETTERS

(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)


MY DREAMS ACTIVITY (female)
MY DREAMS ACTIVITY (male)

Educators in each county use supplemental resources (publications, videos, activities, etc.) based on family needs/requests.

 

Information & Activities for B.e.e. Children


The B.e.e. program child educators use the following information and activities with the children:


Activities:

Activity 1
Activity 2
Activity 3
Activity 4
Activity 5
Activity 6
Activity 7
Activity 8
Activity 9
Activity 10

Other:

Character Critters (Louisiana State University Research & Extension)

Books:


Activity 1 (color, shape, size, jewelry/clothing):

Biggest, Strongest, Fastest (Steve Jenkins)
Little Blue and Little Yellow (Leo Lionni)
White Rabbit's Color Book (Alan Baker)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear (Bill Martin, Jr.)
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? (Nancy White Carlstrom)
The Dress I'll Wear to the Party (Shirley Neitzel)
Hello Cat, You Need A Hat (Rita Gelman)
A Hat for Minerva Louise (Janet Morgan Stoeke)

Activity 2 (colors, letters):

Little Blue and Little Yellow (Leo Lionni)
White Rabbit's Color Book (Alan Baker)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear (Bill Martin, Jr.)
David McPhail's Animals A to Z (David McPhail)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault)
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z (Lois Ehlert)

Activity 3 (miscellaneous):

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Judi Barrett)
Mooncake (Frank Asch)
More Spaghetti, I Say (Rita Gelman)
One, Two, Three, Count With Me (Catherine and Laurence Anholt)
It Looked Like Spilt Milk (Charles Shaw)
Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
If You Give a Moose a Muffin (Laura Numeroff)
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Laura Numeroff)
Pinkie Leaves Home (Peter O'Donnell)
Each Peach Pear Plum (Janet and Allan Aulberg)
I Spy - series (Walten Wick)
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (John Steptoe)
Rosie's Walk (Pat Hutchins)
Stone Soup (Ann McGovern or Marcia Brown)
Over in the Meadow (Ezra Jack Keats) - based on original version by Olive A. Wadsworth
One Duck Stuck (Phyllis Root)
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo (Eric Carle)
David McPhail's Animals A to Z (David McPhail)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault)
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z (Lois Ehlert)

Activity 4 (colors):

Little Blue and Little Yellow (Leo Lionni)
White Rabbit's Color Book (Alan Baker)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear (Bill Martin, Jr.)

Activity 5 (miscellaneous):

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Judi Barrett)
Mooncake (Frank Asch)
More Spaghetti, I Say (Rita Gelman)
One, Two, Three, Count With Me (Catherine and Laurence Anholt)
It Looked Like Spilt Milk (Charles Shaw)
Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
If You Give a Moose a Muffin (Laura Numeroff)
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Laura Numeroff)
Pinkie Leaves Home (Peter O'Donnell)
Each Peach Pear Plum (Janet and Allan Aulberg)
I Spy - series (Walten Wick)
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (John Steptoe)
Rosie's Walk (Pat Hutchins)
Stone Soup (Ann McGovern or Marcia Brown)
Over in the Meadow (Ezra Jack Keats) - based on original version by Olive A. Wadsworth
One Duck Stuck (Phyllis Root)
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo (Eric Carle)
David McPhail's Animals A to Z (David McPhail)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault)
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z (Lois Ehlert)

Activity 6 (fishing):

My River (Shari Halpern)
In the Small, Small Pond (Denise Fleming)
The Little Fish That Got Away (Bernadine Cook)
6 Foolish Fishermen (Benjamin Elkin)

Activity 7 (fossils, dinosaurs):

Dinosaurs (Gail Gibbons)
Dinosaurs (Gallimed Jeunesse et al.)
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs (Byron Barton)
Dinosaur Day (Liza Donnelly)
The Dinosaur Who Lived In My Backyard (B. G. Hennessy)
The Last Dinosaur (Jim Murphy)
I'm Tyrannosaurus (Jean Marzollo)
Danny and the Dinosaur (Syd Hoff)

Activity 8 (zoo):

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (Judi Barrett)
Goodnight Gorilla (Peggy Rathmann)
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do Your Hear? (Bill Martin, Jr.)
Animal Parade (Jakki Wood)
Mooncake (Frank Asch)
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo (Eric Carle)
David McPhail's Animals A to Z (David McPhail)
Over in the Meadow (Ezra Jack Keats) - based on original version by Olive A. Wadsworth
One Duck Stuck (Phyllis Root)

Activity 9 (emotions):

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Judith Viorst)
The Grouchy Ladybug (Eric Carle)
There's A Nightmare in My Closet (Mercer Mayer)
I Was So Mad (Norma Simon)
Sometimes I Feel Like a Mouse (Jeanne Modesitt)
Jamberry (Bruce Degen)
A Mother for Choco (Keiko Kaska)
Goodnight Gorilla (Peggy Rathmann)
Jamaica Tag-a-Long (Juanita Hill)
I'll Always Love You (Hans Wilhelm)
Abiyoyo (Pete Seegers)
Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth (Lucy Bate)
The Tub People (Pam Conrad)
Whose Mouse Are You? (Robert Kraus)
Leo the Late Bloomer (Robert Kraus)
Guess How Much I Love You (Sam McBratney)

Activity 10 (insects, arachnids, annelids, mollusks):

Old Black Fly (Jim Aylesworth)
I Know an Old Lady (Brian Karas)
Miss Spider's Tea Party (David Kirk)
Butterflies (Hidetome Oda)
Butterfly Story (Anca Hariton)
Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock (Eric Kimmel)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
The Very Busy Spider (Eric Carle)
The Grouchy Ladybug (Eric Carle)
A House for Hermit Crab (Eric Carle)

*Miscellaneous books can be used with any of the activities.