Ready-to-Read, Ready-to-Count Handbook: How to Best Prepare Your Child for School

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Now updated with the latest resources—including the best Internet sites—this acclaimed guide helps parents make a difference in how their children learn when they go to school.

Drawing on her own experience in the education of her two children and her professional experience as an elementary school teacher, Teresa Savage shares her proven techniques on how parents can get their 3- to 6-year-olds ready for school and become active participants ...

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Overview

Now updated with the latest resources—including the best Internet sites—this acclaimed guide helps parents make a difference in how their children learn when they go to school.

Drawing on her own experience in the education of her two children and her professional experience as an elementary school teacher, Teresa Savage shares her proven techniques on how parents can get their 3- to 6-year-olds ready for school and become active participants in their child's education.

Incorporating the latest research on school-readiness, information on the dyslexic child, updated home-schooling resources, and the best sites on the Internet for parents to help their preschoolers develop basic skills, the book's eight clearly written, step-by-step chapters include easy-to-follow lesson plans and assignments to teach basic phonics and numbers.

More than 60 phonetic learning exercises, 35 games, home-made flashcards, a series of original cartoon strips, and a teacher's manual for parents encourage a tension-free, fun-filled environment to help children develop skills in motor ability, logic, listening, and comprehension.

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Children's Literature
Subtitled "How to Best Prepare Your Child for School," this book explains that spending as little as fifteen minutes a day with your preschooler can prepare him/her for dealing successfully with those first few years of learning to read and do math in school. The book is basically a compilation of games and activities written in a sequential manner to use with a child who, as the author suggests, is four years old. The author, a former teacher, encourages the use of positive reinforcement and hugging to get a child interested in spending this time each day. She cautions that there will be days when fifteen minutes is too much or perhaps, best postponed until tomorrow. There are many fun activities, and charting the child's progress is encouraged as reinforcement. The activities are ones that parents used to do with children but seem to have been lost as educational responsibilities have passed to caregivers and teachers. While the author does suggest reading to your child, most of the activities are isolated reading and math skill activities. Simply reading fifteen minutes to your child daily using quality literature would generally accomplish the same goals as you read and discuss a book's content. However, for those parents who are skill oriented, this book is a good resource. The cartoons are a bit confusing visually, and it is important to remember that every child is different and learns differently. 2001 (orig. 1985), Newmarket Press, $16.95. Ages Adult. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557044136
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Series: Childcare/Parenting Guides Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Teresa Savage is an Associate Dean at the College of Communications, University of Illinois-Urbana. She has served as a project consultant to Walt Disney's Buena Vista Home Video, the U.S. Standards on English/Language Arts, and Head Start. A former teacher, she is a published poet and fiction writer. She co-founded Softchalk Learning Systems, Inc., a technology company devoted to the education of young children. She has two children whom she taught to read and count at home as preschoolers. Teresa Savage lives in Urbana, Illinois.

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