Parents and Education
Calm and Compassionate Children: A Handbook
Calm and Compassionate Children
A Handbook
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1587612763

Building on such inherent qualities as openheartedness and trust, parents and teachers can help children develop empathy and integrity as they grow and mature. From nature activities to conscious quiet time to tips on daily routines, CALM AND COMPASSIONATE CHILDREN provides practical guidance to help grown-ups model behavior and suggests dozens of activities to foster children's joy, wonder, kindness, and love.

A parents' and teachers' guide to developing children's concentration, self-discipline, and compassion, as well as heartfelt qualities like openness and enthusiasm.Includes more than 90 techniques and exercises drawn from the author's experiences as a teacher and director of the Living Wisdom School, a nonprofit elementary school that emphasizes nonsectarian spiritual principles and practical skills for living.Recommends books, music, games, and other resources to help grown-ups nurture calm and compassionate kids.

A Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual
A Charlotte Mason Education
A Home Schooling How-To Manual
Paperback      ISBN: 1891400169

The immensely popular ideas of Charlotte Mason have inspired educators for many decades. Her unique methodology as written about in her six-volume series established the necessary protocols for an education above and beyond that which can be found in traditional classroom settings. In A Charlotte Mason Education, Catherine Levison has collected the key points of Charlotte Mason's methods and presents them in a simple, straightforward way that will allow families to quickly maximize the opportunities of home schooling. With weekly schedules, a challenging and diverse curriculum will be inspire and educate your child. A Charlotte Mason Education is the latest tool for parents seeking the best education for their children.

"I found these books extremely practical and thoughtful."
--Cathy Duffy, author of the Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manuals

"When I became interested in this way of learning and wanted to know how to begin, this was the only book that accomplished my goal. Highly recommended."
--Lorrie Flem, editor of Teach Magazine

"Surely, you will, as I did, find something to enhance the education of your children immediately. Catherine makes it so simple for us "
--Bob and Tina Farewell, Lifetime Books & Gifts

"As a teacher of twenty years, I have greatly appreciated Catherine's guidance in introducing the Charlotte Mason method in my teaching."
--Maggie Dail, MA, of Master Enterprises Learning Center

"Catherine Levison has written the perfect introduction to the Charlotte Mason method. A must."
--Penny Gardner, author of Charlotte Mason Study Guide

Catherine Levison has over a decade of home schooling experience. The mother of five, and a grandmother, Catherine is a popular teacher and lecturer.
A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play
A Child's Work
The Importance of Fantasy Play
Paperback      ISBN: 0226644898
The buzz word in education today is accountability. But the federal mandate of "no child left behind" has come to mean curriculums driven by preparation for standardized tests and quantifiable learning results. Even for very young children, unstructured creative time in the classroom is waning as teachers and administrators are under growing pressures to measure school readiness through rote learning and increased homework. In her new book, Vivian Gussin Paley decries this rapid disappearance of creative time and makes the case for the critical role of fantasy play in the psychological, intellectual, and social development of young children.

A Child's Work goes inside classrooms around the globe to explore the stunningly original language of children in their role-playing and storytelling. Drawing from their own words, Paley examines how this natural mode of learning allows children to construct meaning in their worlds, meaning that carries through into their adult lives. Proof that play is the work of children, this compelling and enchanting book will inspire and instruct teachers and parents as well as point to a fundamental misdirection in today's educational programs and strategies.



Common Core Math for Parents for Dummies with Videos Online
Common Core Math for Parents for Dummies with Videos Online
Paperback      ISBN: 1119013933
Help your child succeed with a better understanding of Common Core Math

Common Core Math For Parents For Dummies is packed with tools and information to help you promote your child's success in math. The grade-by-grade walk-through brings you up to speed on what your child is learning, and the sample problems and video lessons help you become more involved as you study together. You'll learn how to effectively collaborate with teachers and keep tabs on your child's progress, so minor missteps can be corrected quickly, before your child falls behind. The Common Core was designed to improve college- and career-readiness, and to prepare U.S. students to be more competitive on an international stage when it's time to enter the workforce. This guide shows you how the standards were created, and how they've evolved over time to help ensure your child's future success.

The Common Core Math Standards prepare students to do real math in the real world. Many new teaching methods are very different from the way most parents learned math, leading to frustration and confusion as parents find themselves unable to help with homework or explain difficult concepts. This book cuts the confusion and shows you everything you need to know to help your child succeed in math.

  • Understand the key concepts being taught in your child's grade
  • Utilize the homework tools that help you help your child
  • Communicate more effectively with your child's teacher
  • Guide your child through sample problems to foster understanding

The Common Core was designed to ensure that every student, regardless of location or background, receives the education they need. Math skills are critical to real-world success, and the new standards reflect that reality in scope and rigorousness. Common Core Math For Parents For Dummies helps you help your child succeed.

A Cord of Three Strands: A New Approach to Parent Engagement in Schools
A Cord of Three Strands
A New Approach to Parent Engagement in Schools
Paperback      ISBN: 1934742546

How can low-income, non-English-speaking parents become advocates, leaders, and role models in their children's schools? A Cord of Three Strands offers a close study of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, a grassroots organization on the northwest side of Chicago, whose work on parent engagement has drawn national attention.

The author identifies three elements--induction, integration, and investment--that together capture the dynamic and developmental nature of successful parent engagement.

Writing with both optimism and urgency, author Soo Hong offers richly detailed portraits of parents' experiences and addresses the complex and sometime conflicting relationships among school, family, and community.

Core Standards for Math: Reproducible Grade 3
Core Standards for Math
Reproducible Grade 3
Paperback      ISBN: 0547878214
The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 023010035x

In the past, correct spelling, the multiplication tables, the names of the state capitals and the American presidents were basics that all children were taught in school. Today, many children graduate without this essential knowledge. Most curricula today follow a haphazard sampling of topics with a focus on political correctness instead of teaching students how to study. Leigh Bortins, a leading figure in the homeschooling community, is having none of it. She believes that there are core areas of knowledge that are essential to master. Without knowing the multiplication tables, children can't advance to algebra. Without mastery of grammar, students will have difficulty expressing themselves. Without these essential building blocks of knowledge, students may remember information but they will never possess a broad and deep understanding of how the world works. In The Core, Bortins gives parents the tools and methodology to implement a rigorous, thorough, and broad curriculum based on the classical model, including:

- Rote memorization to cement knowledge
- Systematic learning of geography, historical facts, and timelines
- Reading the great books and seminal historical documents instead of adaptations and abridged editions
- Rigorous training in math and the natural sciences

The Creative Writer, Level One: Five Finger Exercise
The Creative Writer, Level One
Five Finger Exercise
Paperback      ISBN: 1933339551

- Simple but innovative exercises encourage young writers to strengthen their vocabulary and become aware of the patterns of sentences
- Legends and folklore are used to teach point of view, characterization, plotting, and other vital skills
- Classic poetry serves as a model for the student's own original poems
- Unlike most "how to write" books, The Creative Writer is designed to be used in a mentor/student relationship, with teaching, guidance, and evaluation tips provided for the mentor or teacher
- Can be used as a complement to Writing With Skill or on its own

The Creative Writer: Level Two: Growing Your Craft
The Creative Writer: Level Two
Growing Your Craft
Paperback      ISBN: 193333956x
  • Complements Peace Hill Press's expository series Writing With Skill by providing the imaginative element that many students want.
  • Unlike most "how to write" books, these are designed to be used in a mentor/student relationship, with teaching, guidance, and evaluation tips provided for the mentor or teacher.
  • All exercises build towards the production of finished creative pieces.
  • Sequential, logical, step-by-step instruction.
  • The second level builds on the introductory volume, The Creative Writer: Five Finger Exercises, but can be started directly by older students.
  • Instruction in the five essentials of fiction: plot, characters, dialogue, point of view, and setting.
  • Offers guidance in the essential art of poetry: sound, rhythm, word choice, and poem construction.

Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education: Building Family-Professional Relationships
Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education
Building Family-Professional Relationships
Paperback      ISBN: 1598572318

To succeed in increasingly diverse classrooms, tomorrow's special educators need explicit training on working effectively with all families. Prepare the next generation of teachers with this accessible text, developed by two highly respected experts on cultural and linguistic diversity and inclusive education.

Ideal for use as a supplementary textbook in a wide range of courses related to special education, this book gives educators a practical framework for cultural reciprocity a process that helps professionals and families examine their own values, respect each other's differences, and collaborate skillfully to benefit children. Educators will learn how to

  • strengthen awareness of their own cultural identities and roles

  • explore how their values and beliefs might affect interactions with families

  • sidestep stereotypes by treating each family and situation as unique

  • ensure successful IEP meetings through effective cross-cultural communication

  • avoid "right versus wrong" assumptions about parenting styles and practices

  • understand how diverse families might view key special education goals independence, individuality, and work

  • combine ideas from different value systems to arrive at solutions that work for everyone

  • challenge the ways in which mainstream culture shapes special education policies and practices

The authors draw on their own experiences and research to describe applications of cultural reciprocity, including reader-friendly textboxes and memorable personal anecdotes.

To give special educators a deeper, more nuanced understanding of cultural reciprocity, the text also includes three chapter-long case studies that further illustrate the process at work. Readers will learn from the challenges and successes of an African American researcher working with a group of teenage mothers; two teacher educators collaborating on the Special Educators Entering a Diverse Society (SEEDS) project; and an Asian Indian teacher educator leading a class of mostly Caucasian students.

A key text for future special educators and a valuable resource for inservice training this book will help teachers build strong collaborative relationships with diverse families and ensure that all children receive the best possible education."