Published by Redleaf Press
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www.redleafpress.org © 1997, 2006, 2014 by Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte M. Hendricks, and Becky S. Bennett
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First edition published 1997. Second edition 2006. Third edition 2014.
Cover design by Jim Handrigan
Cover photograph by Blend Images Photography/Veer
Interior design by Percolator
Typeset in Stone Informal, Matrix Script, and Trade Gothic
Illustrations by Chris Wold Dyrud
Photograph on page 49 by Blend Images Photography/Veer
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Smith, Connie Jo.
Growing, growing strong : a whole health curriculum for young children. Social and emotional well-being /
Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte M. Hendricks, and Becky S. Bennett. — Third edition.
Summary: “Children’s social and emotional skills form a critical foundation for learning and wellness that
guide them into adulthood and influence how they deal with both successes and adversity in life. These activities
support children as they learn about self-esteem, emotions and feelings, family and friends, and changes in life”
— Provided by publisher.
ISBN 978-1-60554-334-5 (e-book) ISBN 978-1-60554-243-0 (pbk.)
1. Health education (Preschool)—United States. 2. Health education (Elementary)—United States. 3. Life
skills—Study and teaching (Preschool)—United States. 4. Life skills—Study and teaching (Elementary)—United
States. 5. Self-esteem in children—Study and teaching (Preschool)—United States. 6. Self-esteem in children—
Study and teaching (Elementary)—United States. 7. Emotions—Study and teaching (Preschool)—United States.
8. Emotions—Study and teaching (Elementary)—United States. 9. Curriculum planning—United States. I. Hen-
dricks, Charlotte Mitchell, 1957- II. Bennett, Becky S., 1954- III. Title. IV. Title: Social and emotional well-being.
2013023390 Printed on acid-free paper