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Browsing reviews on the subject "Preschool"

NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children
by Po Bronson
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NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children

Bronson discusses in detail many important issues of parenting such as the following: how children are affected by praise, IQ testing, language development, how kids are affected by loss of sleep, and teen rebellion. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific topic. The discussions are backed up by the findings of numerous scientific studies and interviews which really help to clarify and solidify the point the author is making. In the chapter entitled The Inverse Power of Praise Bronson discusses how praising children may not have the consequences parents intend. Bronson shares the details of a study that focused on how children responded to being praised on their intelligence and how they responded when praised on their effort. The results of this study were striking. The children who were praised for their intelligence didn’t do well when they were challenged with more difficult tests while the children praised for their effort fared much better.

Throughout this book, I was surprised at how often the scientific studies yielded results I wouldn’t expect. I began to think differently about many different aspects of parenting and education. I think this book offers useful information for parents and educators.

Reviewed by cockerillj on Feb 16, 2010

Ages and Stages
by Karen Miller
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Ages and Stages

"The primary focus of this book is on how developmental stages and behaviors show up in group child care situations." It contains developmental descriptions and activities for children birth through eight years. The activities are clearly described and depend on simple materials. While the author intends this book to be a source of ideas for preschool/school staff and home child care providers, parents will find this a useful book to plan activities at home. More importantly, here we have descriptions of excellent child care settings so the information is very valuable to parents evaluating child care situations for their children. Easily understood summaries of child development research adds to the usefulness of the book. Illustrations would have improved the presentation, but this book is highly recommended for teachers, child care providers, and parents.

Reviewed by odriscollj on May 1, 2009

Practical Wisdom for Parents
by Nancy Schulman
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Practical Wisdom for Parents

This is a book of advice written by two nursery school teachers: Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum. With a very clear school-based perspective, the teachers discuss school-related issues for parents of three, four, and five-year-olds. Topics include: choosing the right preschool, separation, children's social life, discipline, and developing morals and ethics.

Underlying all their advice are these principles: "love your children unconditionally" and "set limits for them."

Consult this book for particular school-related issues; it isn't really meant to be read cover to cover.

Reviewed by odriscollj on Apr 26, 2009

Mister Rogers' Play Time
by Fred Rogers
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Mister Rogers' Play Time

Play is children's work. Current research in children's brain development is proving that the most important parts of a child's world are play and meaningful relationships with adults, but Mr. Rogers knew this a long time ago: "When children play, they're working. They're working on learning about themselves, about other people, and about the world around them. Playtime is one of the most important times for children to learn and grow."

Mister Roger's PLAY TIME offers general advice about playtime and specific suggested activities about Sharing and Caring, Pretend Play, Helping, Things That Go, Feelings, Creative Fun, and Nature and Science. Each activity includes a list of materials, a description of the activity, and a summary of the skills that can be learned.

Activities are simple and inexpensive (many use recycled items). There is an index by name and type of activity. Parents of preschoolers will find many sources of family fun here.

Reviewed by odriscollj on Apr 26, 2009

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