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Practical Wisdom for Parents Raising Self-Confident Children in the Preschool Years

ISBN-10: 0307275388
ISBN-13: 9780307275387
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Description: This reassuring guide to navigating nursery school life-both at home and in the classroom-is the most comprehensive book on the subject. Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum draw on their decades of experience at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School to  More...

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 354
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

This reassuring guide to navigating nursery school life-both at home and in the classroom-is the most comprehensive book on the subject. Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum draw on their decades of experience at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School to respond to parents' hunger for practical information on a wide range of topics, including: 6; What to look for in a preschool 6; Strategies for separation, discipline, toilet training, and bedtime 6; The best toys, books, and activities at every stage 6; How to stimulate your children without overscheduling them 6; Ways to talk about difficult topics like divorce, illness, or death 6; How to support your child's social and intellectual development Schulman and Birnbaum have devoted their lives to listening to and understanding young children, and the advice they offer is as warm and humorous as it is comforting and wise.

Introduction
School
Choosing an Early Childhood Program
When to Start
Learning About Schools
What to Look For
The Application Process
Making Decisions
What Is Preschool? Orienting Yourself and Your Child
The Curriculum: What Children Learn at School
Home-School Communication: Speaking with Your Child's Teacher
How Parents Can Participate in School
Separation: Easing the Way
Before School Starts
Saying Good-bye: Feelings, Styles, Techniques
The Adjustment Period: When Problems Arise
Recommended Books
The Social Lives of Children
How Children Socialize
When Problems Arise
Playdates
Birthdays
Overscheduling: Afterschool Activities and the Importance of Downtime
Recommended Books
Understanding Your Child's Development: What to Look for and When to Intervene
Developmental Benchmarks: Physical, Language, Social, and Emotional
Problem Behaviors
When to Seek Professional Intervention: Working with Special Educators and Therapists
Recommended Books
The Transition to Kindergarten: Getting Ready
Choosing the Next School
How to Apply: School Visits, Interviews, Testing
Making Decisions
When Preschool Ends: Feelings and Closure
Home
Day-to-Day Family Life
Routines
Transition Times: Mornings and Evenings
Bedtime and Sleep Issues
Mealtimes
Manners
Recommended Books
The People in Your Child's Life
Setting Priorities in Family Life
You and Your Partner
Grandparents
Caregivers
New Babies
Siblings and Sibling Issues
Recommended Books
Discipline: Setting Limits, Saying No, and Accepting No
Why Is It So Hard?
How to Set Limits
Avoiding Conflicts
Discipline Tactics
Typical Problem Behaviors: Name-Calling, Bathroom Talk, Tantrums
When to Seek Professional Help
Recommended Books
Developing Morals and Ethics in Children
Guiding Your Child Toward Ethical Behavior
What Do Children Understand?
Lying, Stealing, and Cheating
Developing Empathy
Volunteering as a Family
Recommended Books
Self-Help Skills and Independence: "I Want to Do It Myself!"
Supporting Your Child's Growing Independence
Toilet Training
Blankets, Pacifiers, Bottles, and Sippy Cups
Washing, Dressing, Eating, and Drinking
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Play: Why, What, and How?
How Parents Can Support Play
Tips for Toy Shopping
Toys, Games, Materials, and Activities
How Children Play: Independent Play, Play with Others, Play with You
Play and Gender
Superhero Play
Screen Time: TV and Computers
Recommended Books
Talking About Difficult Topics
Transitions and New Experiences
Moving
Sex
Divorce
Illness: When You or Your Child Need to Go to the Hospital
Death
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Time Together: Weekends, Holidays, Traditions, and Vacations
Places to Visit and Things to Do
Holidays: Making Traditions and Finding Meaning
Family Vacations: Where to Go and What to Do
A Final Word: This Time Together Is Shorter Than You Think
Acknowledgments
Index

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