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Abstract

This paper emphasizes the need for conversations around death in the classroom. Today's children are exposed to information about death through a wide variety of media. Teachers have a responsibility to provide opportunities for children to process this information in ways that are developmentally appropriate - acknowledging children's "magical thinking" as well as experiences children may have surrounding death.

Author Biography

Molly Sexton-Reade currently teaches three- and-four-year- old children in a parent-cooperative nursery school. She began her teaching career in 1980 at The Dillon Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. A Bank Street graduate, Molly spent two years in Australia working with children as a volunteer in schools and hospitals. She moved to Connecticut in 1988, and returned to the classroom in 1993.

 

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