Learning Resources

This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the assigned resources for this week. To view this week’s media resources, please use the streaming media players below.

Required Resources

  • Course Text: 
    Marion, M. (2015). 
    Guidance of young children
     (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
    • Chapter 5, “Positive Guidance and Discipline Strategies: Direct Guidance” (pp. 121-151)
    • Chapter 13, “Apply Your Knowledge: Use the Decision-Making Model of Child Guidance” (pp.333-352)


  • Video: Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Problem solving [Video file]. Retrieved from

    Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 9 minutes.

    Dr. Marilyn Gootman explains the process and the benefits of teaching young children to be problem solvers.


  • Video: Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Conflict resolution in practice [Video file]. Retrieved from

    Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 7 minutes.

    This classroom demonstration illustrates the way conflict resolution can be taught to young children and underscores its importance as an essential life skill.


Optional Resources

  • Article: “Problem-Solving Program Teaches Kids How To Use Their Heads Instead of Their Fists”

  • Web Site: ACT: Adults and Children Together Against Violence

    • “Resolving Conflicts at the ChildCare Center & School”

    • “Discipline at the Childcare Center & School”


      Application: Creating a Positive Guidance Handout for Families

      As you have learned this week, along with using positive guidance strategies with children, it is critical to communicate the positive guidance strategy to children’s families.

      For this Application Assignment, imagine that you are the director of a preschool program. In the past, you have communicated your program’s policy on positive guidance verbally to all new families. However, you realize that you also need a clear, effective handout that explains the concept of positive discipline and serves to encourage positive discipline strategies at home.

      Create a handout that includes your philosophy of positive discipline and at least three strategies that families can use at home related to setting limits, redirecting behavior, solving problems, and resolving conflicts. You may also choose to include strategy tips and/or inspiration quotes.

      To complete this Application Assignment:

      • Step 1: Create Your Handout
        • Consider the purpose of the handout. Think about what you have learned in the course so far and review the readings and video programs for this week. (You may research additional sources if you choose.)
        • Decide on the information you want to include in your handout, including your philosophy about positive discipline and related child development, and information to help parents/family members understand your stance. Consider which strategies may be of most help to parents and family members.
        • Aim for a warm, professional tone.
        • Be sure to cite your sources

      • Step 2: Follow-Up
        • After you have completed your handout, read it over and imagine the following scenario:

      A parent who read the brochure has come into your office, challenging your philosophy of positive discipline. She states that children cannot learn right from wrong without punishment for their misbehavior. Write your response to this parent.

      Assignment length: Approximately 2 pages

      This week you will submit your handout and your response to the parent.