Parents and Education
100 Best Books for Children: A Parent's Guide to Making the Right Choices for Your Young Reader, Toddler to Preteen
100 Best Books for Children
A Parent's Guide to Making the Right Choices for Your Young Reader, Toddler to Preteen
Paperback      ISBN: 0618618775

The author recommends one hundred of the best books for children, including a variety of works to suit diverse interests, reading levels, and special needs, while also revealing the sometimes humorous process she undertook in choosing entries for the list.

7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!
7 Keys to Comprehension
How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0761515496

It's simple: If children don't understand what they read, they will never embrace reading. And that limits what they can learn while in school. This fact frightens parents, worries teachers, and ultimately hurts children.

7 Keys to Comprehension is the result of cutting-edge research. It gives parents and teachers--those who aren't already using this valuable program--practical, thoughtful advice about the seven simple thinking strategies that proficient readers use:

- Connecting reading to their background knowledge
- Creating sensory images
- Asking questions
- Drawing inferences
- Determining what's important
- Synthesizing ideas
- Solving problems

Easily understood, easily applied, and proven successful, this essential educational tool helps parents and teachers to turn reading into a fun and rewarding adventure.
ABC's Write and Wipe Lowercase Letters
ABC's Write and Wipe Lowercase Letters
by Kumon
Paperback      ISBN: 1933241446

This sequel to ABCs Write & Wipe: Uppercase Letters will help children learn to write their lowercase letters. These flash cards also include a dry-erase marker which allows children to practice the stroke order of lowercase letters again and again.

Addition Facts That Stick: Help Your Child Master the Addition Facts for Good in Just Six Weeks
Addition Facts That Stick
Help Your Child Master the Addition Facts for Good in Just Six Weeks
Paperback      ISBN: 1933339926

Addition Facts That Stick will guide you, step-by- step, as you teach your child to understand and memorize the addition facts, from 1 + 1 through 9 + 9. Hands-on activities, fun games your child will love, and simple practice pages help young students remember the addition facts for good.
In 15 minutes per day (perfect for after school, or as a supplement to a homeschool math curriculum) any child can master the addition facts, gain a greater understanding of how math works, and develop greater confidence, in just six weeks!
Mastery of the math facts is the foundation for all future math learning. Lay that foundation now, and make it solid, with Addition Facts That Stick!

African Americans and Homeschooling: Motivations, Opportunities and Challenges
African Americans and Homeschooling
Motivations, Opportunities and Challenges
Hardcover      ISBN: 113880732x

Despite greater access to formal education, both disadvantaged and middle-class black students continue to struggle academically, causing a growing number of black parents to turn to homeschooling. This book is an in-depth exploration of the motivations behind black parents' decision to educate their children at home and the strategies they've developed to overcome potential obstacles. Citing current issues such as culture, religion and safety, the book challenges the commonly expressed view that black parents and their children have divested from formal education by embracing homeschooling as a constructive strategy to provide black children with a valuable educational experience.

Ahead of the Curve
Ahead of the Curve
Paperback      ISBN: 0768938716

Navigating the high school years and getting a student ready for the next step in their education can be challenging for everyone involved.

Ahead of the Curve: What Parents Need to Know to Get Their Kids into College is a "college adviser in a book," keeping you and your child on the path to a successful college application and acceptance letter.

Peterson's comprehensive guide includes individual chapters to plan your student's path to college during grades 9 through 12. Tasks to be done include the following:

  • 9th grade - The journey begins. Choosing a major and building a resume
  • 10th grade - Avoid the sophomore slump. Get to know your guidance counselor
  • Junior year - Standardized testing. College visits.
  • Senior year - AP exams, recommendation letters, the Application Essay

Each section contains helpful checklists of tasks to accomplish each year, including questions to ask, tests to take, resources to utilize, and much more.

Also, this guide provides a valuable Appendix on:

  • financial aid
  • tutoring assistance
  • test prep strategies
  • choosing a major
  • and staying organized and on deadline

Peterson's Ahead of the Curve will take the "Google-work" out of college preparation and give parents and students a user-friendly guide to the exciting journey from high school student to college freshman.

Algebra Survival Workbook: The Gateway to Algebra Mastery
Algebra Survival Workbook
The Gateway to Algebra Mastery
Paperback      ISBN: 0984638172

Now announcing the second edition of the Algebra Survival Workbook, your tool for reaching algebra mastery.

Now that the award-winning Algebra Survival Guide has been expanded and revised, the companion Algebra Survival Workbook has also been enhanced and updated. The second edition Algebra Survival Workbook features a whole new section with practice word problems.

And not just any word problems. These are advanced algebra word problems. As a result of this addition, the Guide and Workbook now provide thorough, expert instruction on the toughest word problems that algebra can throw at students.

The 2nd Edition Workbook's word problems cover the following topics: mysterious numbers and percents, coin problems, rate-time-distance, wind speed, current speed, fractional work problems, and those tricky mixture problems, too.

All instruction for these word problems is contained in the Algebra Survival Guide, which contains a number of practice problems, too. But if you want many more additional practice problems, the Algebra Survival Workbook is the book to get. The Workbook contains thousands of additional practice problems with all answers displayed in the back.

By working through these problems, students can attain a level of algebra excellence that is rightfully called mastery.

Learn from the Guide; practice in the Workbook, and watch your understanding and grades improve dramatically

Any Child Can Write
Any Child Can Write
Paperback      ISBN: 0195153162

Harvey S. Wiener shows how parents can encourage their children to write with a home program that can be used from preschool through high school. Beginning with the building of attitudes, Wiener moves through simple, varied and practical experience with the written word. By setting up an atmosphere in the home that encourages creative written expression, coupled with a parent's guidance in writing, children gain an outlook on writing that builds confidence in their abilities to use language.
This new edition addresses many heated issues about children's education and touches on today's critical debates: parents' roles in school preparations, the increased stress on writing assessment and performance measures throughout a child's education and across school sectors, and the debate over phonics. A revised and expanded section called Key Books for Young Writers and Their Parents will help any family stock its shelves with useful books for a home writing program.
A new chapter discusses the ubiquity of home computers and word processing programs and assesses their positive and negative influences on children's home learning experiences. In addition, Wiener describes how to find the best educational online resources and how to supervise a child's work on the Internet. Furthermore, he emphasizes the importance of collaboration--child and parent, child and sibling--to help avoid computer abuse and establish good computer practices. Finally, he integrates discussion on computers through the text, and also offers writing exercises and samples for children to obtain from Oxford's website.

Are You Listening?: Fostering Conversations That Help Young Children Learn
Are You Listening?
Fostering Conversations That Help Young Children Learn
Paperback      ISBN: 1933653469

Conversations take place in every early childhood classroom--between teachers and children, and among children. Are You Listening? asks teachers to examine these conversations and their impact on children's learning.

Often, teachers use conversations to impart information to children instead of really listening to children and allowing them to make their own decisions. Grounded in child-centered, relationship-based theory, this book covers topics such as how to create an environment that supports quality conversations, how to encourage conversations that support learning and development, and how to work with children with limited language capabilities.

Available Parent: Expert Advice for Raising Successful and Resilient Teens and Tweens
Available Parent
Expert Advice for Raising Successful and Resilient Teens and Tweens
Paperback      ISBN: 1936740826

We have a tendency today to over-parent, micro-manage, and under-appreciate our adolescents. Dr. John Duffy's The Available Parent is a revolutionary approach to taking care of teens and tweens. Teenagers are often left feeling unheard and misunderstood, and parents are left feeling bewildered by the changes in their child at adolescence and their sudden lack of effectiveness as parents. The parent has become unavailable, the teen responds in kind, and a negative, often destructive cycle of communication begins. The available parent of a teenager is open to discussion, offering advice and solutions, but not insisting on them. He allows his child to make some mistakes, setting limits, primarily where health and safety are concerned. He never lectures -- he is available but not controlling. He is neither cruel nor dismissive, ever. The available parent is fun and funny, and can bring levity to the most stressful situation. All of that is to say, there are no conditions to his availability -- it is absolute.