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Books – April 2009

April, 2009
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shut down learner

The Shut Down Learner

As kids go through school, taking a hands on approach to their progress, success and happiness during those pivotal years is a must for all parents. But what does hands on mean? When does it become too much? Could you be stifling your child instead of helping them? These are some of the questions this excellent book tackles, with an emphasis on reaching out to kids with learning problems of different types. Because when school appears as a surmountable challenge to a child, desperation soon follows. Pick up a copy and delve into the tips offered herein.

Author: Richard Selznick
Publisher: Sentient
Ages: parents, teens

taking back

Taking Back Childhood

Faced with increasing media exposure and sophisticated, often mature content from the likes of Twitter and Facebook, contemporary children likely need more guidance and cultural supervision than ever before. Written by established child development authority Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Taking Back Childhood explains the role of parents in mitigating the influence of cultural socialization agents such as the media, as well as their responsibilities in guiding kids with respect to conflict resolution and emotional quality.

Author: Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Publisher: Penguin
Ages: parents

you're on your own

You’re On Your Own (But I’m here if you need me)

Quite a literal title, going back to the need for a balance between taking an active part in the life of your children and their own independence. For parents getting ready to send their young ones off to college, this is a perfect choice, as it covers the entire process and your crucial role in making sure their university years go well beyond all expectations. From just before entering college, to handling the transition and academic challenges, pretty much you can think of, and much more beyond, is covered.

Author: Marjorie Savage
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Ages: parents, college age

tapping the potential

Tapping the Potential of Parents

The PTA, or Parent Teacher Association, is an integral part of schooling in North America, and this book offers the next level in promoting family-school partnerships based on over a century of PTA experience. While written with teachers in mind, we find this book is an invaluable tool for parents who wish to better understand how effective collaboration with schools and educators can maximize student success and enjoyment of their time in grade school. Authoritative yet totally approachable, this book comes very highly recommended for parents of younger students who’ve made the choice to get involved.

Author: Patricia Edwards
Publisher: Scholastic
Ages: parents, grade school age

being a pig is nice

Being a Pig is Nice

Via constant juxtaposition with the animal kingdom, this quirky publication establishes the need for good manners and civility among people, as observed from the standpoint of a little girl. As she examines different animals, the young learner realizes that, while fun, the way they carry on about life would be considered rude for humans. We think reading this together with young children can be very beneficial – as the key to good integration into society is respecting the comfort and wellbeing of those who share it with us. The bottom line of this book is probably far more important than test results and academic prowess – so read on.

Authors: Sally Lloyd-Jones, Dan Krall
Publisher: Random House
Ages: 3-10

free range

Free Range Kids

Lenore Skenazy caused somewhat of a stir when she announced a few years back that her own daughter was allowed to ride the New York subway by herself. This book follows up on that logic, expanding on Skenazy’s sober attitude towards raising children and getting involved in their lives. While an advocate of hands on parenting, she discourages a nanny state of supervision that begets a chokehold on kids’ creativity and joy of living. Highlights include looking at failure as a prelude to success, dispelling myths about candy and other fun things, shaking off over-protectiveness and being able to take life in perspective and freakout-free. Controversial perhaps, but absolutely a must read.

Author: Lenore Skenazy
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons
Ages: parents, grade school

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