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By Wendy L. Haight

In African-American young ones at Church Dr. Haight presents an important description of kid rearing in a Black neighborhood within the western usa. dependent upon an intensive, naturalistic learn of adult-child interplay, the booklet describes the ideals and childrearing practices of winning African-American adults, concentrating on the position of faith in kid's improvement. The ebook contains descriptions of adult-child storytelling, clash, and play in Sunday institution and describes how examine effects have been used to strengthen a preventive, academic intervention for kids.

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That [Bible] story is important to me, but it may not be that significant to my sister or brothers. Aside from their common African-American heritage, the children of First Baptist Church varied greatly in their life experience and personalities. During the time of my observations, a total of 75 children, ranging in age from 3 to 15 years, participated in Sunday School classes. Children attended different schools, including a variety of public and parochial schools in the Salt Lake valley. Some children were excellent students at the top of their classes, others were failing.

The whole [slave] quarter was a collection of extended family kin who loved the young and accepted responsibility for them. (This pattern has not died . ) . . children were loved and taught by that same impressive cadre of neighbor/relatives. What these surrogate parents taught was penetrating, because their love made of them significant personages or influences. (p. 102) A third feature, viewed by some as a cornerstone of contemporary African-American theology (see Mitchell, 1986; Hale-Benson, 1987), is the belief in the inherent dignity and worth of each individual.

Classes began with an orientation to the lesson in which Sister Justine asked the children to Research Strategy 39 identify the book in the Bible from which the lesson was derived, and the scripture chapter and verses. Following this orientation, classes continued with a scriptural reading. Children took turns reading the formal, written lesson from their Sunday School booklets with Sister Justine providing corrections. , Inc. Bible passages were printed in the King James translation. Because this translation is difficult to understand, Sister Justine procured “Good News” Bibles, which she and the children read along with the King James translation.

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