Preschool Clues: Raising Smart, Inspired, and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World

Preschool Clues: Raising Smart, Inspired, and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World


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ISBN-13: 9781501174339
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 275,090
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Described by Joanne Rogers as “a modern day Fred Rogers,” Angela Santomero is the cocreator of Blue’s Clues and the creator of Super Why!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Creative Galaxy, and Wishenproof. Her work has been cited in numerous publications including Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller, The Tipping Point. She lives in New York with her husband, daughters, and their two dogs. Her first book is Preschool Clues.

Deborah Reber’s teen books include Doable, Language of Love, Chill, In Their Shoes, and Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal. She is also the founding editor-in-chief for Heart of Gold, an online destination for teen girls passionate about entrepreneurship, social activism, and volunteerism. She recently moved to Amsterdam with her family. Find out more at

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Note from the Author xiii

Guilt: Introduction xv

Watch, Learn, Know

Watch: The Big Question 3

Should preschoolers be watching television at all?

Learn: Building Your Healthy Media Diet 9

Watch TV, not too much, make it interactive and educational

Know: Laying the Groundwork 25

Inspire our preschollers to learn and grow

Play, Pause, Repeat

Clue #1 Play 39

Playing Opens the Door to a Preschooler's World

Clue #2 Pause 63

Pausing Helps Preschoolers Find Their Voice

Clue #3 Repeat 83

Repetition Leads to Learning and Mastery

Think, Resolve, Respect

Clue #4 Think 105

Unlocking the Genius Within

Clue #5 Resolve 121

Conflict Develops Grit, Coping Skills, and Strategies

Clue #6 Respect 142

Respectfully Communicating Builds a Preschooler's Self-Worth

Help, Model, Observe

Clue #7 Help 167

Asking Preschoolers "Will You Help Me?" Develops Empathy and Confidence

Clue #8 Model 187

Modeling Shapes Our Preschooler's Behaviors and Experience

Clue #9 Observe 205

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary Can Spark Our Preschooler's Passion

Laugh, Sing, Celebrate

Clue #10 Enjoy 227

Singing and Laughing Makes Parenting Easier

Clue #11 Celebrate 246

Celebrating Small Things Grows Preschoolers' Sense of Optimism and Intrinsic Motivation

Epilogue 265

Notes 269

Acknowledgments 277

Index 283

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have background in children development and I can say "Preschool Clues" is a great book with good tips for parents if they want to rear happy, emotional healthy and responsible children. To me, not only the book helps to refresh knowledge I learned from school but it also reminds me how to apply the knowledge into my every day life as a stay home mom. A helpful and handy "handbook" which I highly recommend. The book is divided into different chapters that focus on numerous crucial areas where parents/caregivers could improve their vital roles to assist their children to be independent, trusting and responsible. The concepts are easy to grasp with concise and direct language. There are enough examples to guide parents if they get into difficult situations and conflicts. What I love about the book is that the author does not use a lecturing tone but more a conversational voice which helps readers to digest the information quickly. Chapters aren't long; busy parents could easily go through a chapter or even two a day. The author has a background in creating educational TV programs for young children, be prepared to feel the constant "solicitation" throughout the book. But as a parent, I have to admit the shows mentioned in the book are great ones. "Preschool Clues" helps parents to choose quality TV programs to feed the young minds healthily. Take the few shows mentioned in the book as starter points. Get the tips, engage watching the programs with kids then parents could determine what TV shows are appropriate to nurture the growing minds of the little ones. I definitely think "Preschool Clues" is a good starter book for parenting preschoolers