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C X H" " M K H i r ""."1- -..r-"v f, OMEN W ' W M 1 Palm Beach Post, Wed., November 13, 1968 13 U 1,11.'' . , WaCS J.'l i.. ' 4 rl H . I I K indergarten Is- :T r I ! ( ' ' . 4. j i yi S' . il 1 I .... . ..ssrri ..- MAKE-BELIEVE - As the teacher above is getting ready to bathe baby Emily, the rest of the class watches this winsome young lady playing a game of make-believe. At.. mi i j f ' , I J A-'S-) "A-ii- !, rr r,-;-i ... , " . , Photos By Ursula Scemann : , ' f ; - --,.. 'J j Hi - V TOO MANY COOKS At left they appear to be finishing off the cookies here before they're baked. Young pastry chefs from left are: Lanette Thomas, Dean Eakin, Kelly Crosby, and Tim-my Hall. 7jT ... Ami MOTHER'S HELPER Ronnie Bennett doesn't mind pitching in to help mother with the ironing now and then . . . well ... if it's just pretend, anyway. A Place For Inquisitive Minds 1 -.V xJ ) prepared for children the moment they come to school. If you aren't you lose their attention. Making things interesting for children is most important I've found the only time a child really loses Interest In a subject is when no trouble has been taken to make things interesting for him." She has also discovered that flexibility with children Is important. "If a new puppy or a baby brother is brought to class, I change the program to suit the situation." At the kindergarten one activity which the children always enjoy is bathing a real live baby. A baby k brought to the class, and the mother bathes her in front of the children, Mrs. McLeod thinks this is a wonderful way to help older children understand why babies need more care and attention than they do. "It helps them when they find out they will have a younger brother or sister." Since the kindergarten Is a church-sponsored school, "We have devotionals," Mrs. McLeod commented with a By PHYLLIS MctNTYKE Staff Writer Then one day a little boy ran Into the girl's restroom . . . Mrs. E. M. McLeod, teacher of 14 years, solved an epidemic of bathroom Invasion by taking all the children In her class on a guided tour of both the girl's and boy's restrooms. She seems to have a natural scase of what's right at the right moment. A teacher at the First Baptist Church Kindergarten, her abilities are also utilized in her position as president of the Florida Association for Children Under Six (FACUS). A deep understanding of children appears to be Mrs. McLeod's special talent. "I've found that differences in behavior are caused by differences in personality. Some children are happy-go-lucky naturally and Just want to have a good time, while others are more serious. But I've found that everywhere in the world (and she's seen a large portion of It) children respond to the same pats and smiles." "It's always Important to be smile, "a little reverence doesn't hurt a child. Bible study Is a regular part of the curriculum." The curriculum also includes 30 field trips during the year. "I think this is one of the most wonderful things about our school," Mrs. McLeod said, "and after each trip we send thank you notes. It's a good way to teach the children courtesy." One of her favorite trips is to Peanut Island. "The Coast Guard takes us everywhere on the Island it's very exciting." Mrs. McLeod's formula for a happy child Is "a schedule of regular meals and leisurely bath times . . . and children always need time to make decisions. Patience is one thing that many parents lack." The bright airy kindergarten Is in Its fifth year of operation and this year first grade has been added. Children are happy and attentive in the pleasant surroundings. The first grade teacher Is Miss Jeannette Arkema, who holds a master's degree with honors and has had 26 years of teaching experience, many of which were In church-sponsored schools. She recently completed the Triple AS Science Process approach which she will Incorporate into her science program. "We try to show the children how to live," Miss Arkema said as she gazed fondly at her small charges. "I beard two years ago they were planning to start first grade here and I thought U would be a wonderful opportunity. I've always enjoyed teaching first grade the most and I think the program here is excellent." The curriculum Is designed to allow each child to progress at his own pace and special emphasis is placed on moral and spiritual values. For the reassurance of children, conferences between parents and teachers are held conjointly with children, so they always know what's going on. Students at Palm Beach Atlantic College are available for tutoring in any subject. RUB-A-DUB That's baby in the tub, and her name's Emily. Emily is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hoppman, and she seems to be enjoying her bath during a class session. Night Time Magnifies Emotional Crisis Kwktmw ,; - IT"VZZ? Vt7 Will. W f ..aj situations, kept the center's emergency pantry and children's clothes closet stocked. They also arranged meetings of teen-agers, mothers on public welfare and elderly folks. In one month nearly 2,000 hours of volunteer service was given meeting from 15 to 20 requests per day. "This agency succeeded in its goal of involving the whole community In the life of the center in order to break down barriers separating low-income persons from the mainstream of American life," FSAA reported. Since problems of living don't affect only low-income families, maybe every neighborhood should have such a center. Each center could hang out a sign sayine: "We will talk to you at anytime took the children into their homes, and worked closely with the mother to help her through the night. The support and concern helped reassure the woman. Instead of cracking up she was bolstered by the knowledge that the center could help with some of the urgent problems. Family Service Association of America (FSAA) cited the case in a report on the crisis intervention how it helps to strengthen family life under stress. The woman's scheduled hospitalization was cancelled. The emergency intervention helped to keep the family intact. Follow-up service helped the mother make a more secure home for her family. The Long Beach center was funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and launched by the Family Service agency to bring Women To Woman By PATRICIA MCCORMACK NEW YORK (UPD This mother of four felt one night she was hanging bv her fingernails on the edge of a cliff. Darkness, as it often does, magnified problems she thought never could be solved. She felt abandoned, insecure and lost. She screamed and then sobbed. An emotional crisis overtook her. She sat helpless, bent over the way despairing humans almost always are. Now if she had had a horrible medical crisis in the middle of the night, help would bo available at the local hospital. But where do you go for emotional first aid when the people who dispense it are sleeping and their offices are closed? Most often a friend or relative comes on the scene flPtl thy can, try to talk the wrinkles out of the emotional crisis. This mother of four in a California housing project didn't have to depend on such haphazard first aid when the emotional crisis struck. The center for problems of living, a neighborhood emergency center operated by the Family Service of Long Beach, moved into action. Aides in the center, themselves . residents of the housing project. ..ajtiout any-thin&l -"es wosct to Iht "Tffw'-ihcdme " r" Such a move could only keep a lot area and develop self-help pro 1 - - -- If- - ' I HTglSMWt'ik : of little problems from becoming bigger improving the quality of family life. "It may be that the quality of our society depends on the quality of our families," says Anthony Weiner of Hudson Institute. Only a fool would argue with him about that, wouldn't you say? grams. Throughout, the center is a beautiful example of self help. Jobless men from the housing project built the center building. Low-income residents of the neighborhood sat on the Interviewing panel that chose the director and made up the board of directors. Working as aides and volunteers they assisted the director in crisis THAT AIRY FEELING White Is the dominant color in these ensembles displayed in London. The creations, by Italian designer Valenti, feature white cashmere cloaks worn with beaver berets. White jersey dresses, belted with eagle-head buckles, and long white suede leggings complete the outfits.