Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parent's Guide

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Da Capo Press, 1998 - Education - 320 pages
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Here the nationally acclaimed educator who transformed the way our children learn to read and write in school shows us how to nurture our children’s imagination at home, from the earliest days of babytalk to the time when we see them off to school. Drawing upon her influential philosophy of active learning, as well as her personal experience as a parent, Calkins shows parents how to stimulate curiosity and spark creative thinking in children. Having an open and creative approach to conversations, chores, and games can matter just as much as reading, writing, and math. And even in traditional skills like reading and writing, we need to encourage our children to read for meaning and write for expression, rather than focus only on mechanics like phonics and spelling.By giving parents new and imaginative techniques for educating children, and by providing them with an insider’s view of what goes on in the early grades,Raising Lifelong Learners creates the ultimate partnership in learning between home and school, parents and teachers.
 

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This book is packed full of excellent information. I read the first couple of chapters & loved the information on early reading. I immediately started reading chapter books to my 5 year olds, feeling very motivated & informed from the authors information. Then the next couple of chapters kind of lost interest with me & I almost quit reading it. I'm very glad I stuck with it though, because the it caught my interest again & the information I learned was so helpful as a parent of kindergarteners. I was really feeling kind of lost as to how to help my kids, how inovled to be with their learning without getting in the way of what the school was trying to teach, & wondering how my kids were doing over all. This book empowered me with the information I need to help my kids & help my kids teachers from now until they are in highschool. I am really glad I read this book. Lydia Bellino & Lucy Calkins have a wonderful way to approaching learning that makes it fun & practical for children of todays world. I highly recomnend this book to all parents with school aged or preschoold aged children.  

Contents

Talk The Foundation of Literacy
8
Reading Aloud An Apprenticeship in the Literate Life
32
Early Writing Growing Young Authors
53
Early Reading First Things First
84
Playing Well Building Cities Out of Blocks and Finding Worlds in the Backyard
109
Helping Children Develop Good Work Habits Hobbies Projects Chores and the Lessons They Teach
129
Reading and the Middle Childhood Years
143
Writing and the Middle Childhood Years
163
A Lesson Without Words
235
Introduction
238
How to Pick a Preschool or Kindergarten
240
What You Should Know about Your Schools Curriculum
258
Reading An Essential Part of Your Childs School Day
270
Testing and Assessment in Classrooms Today
278
Building a Partnership with Your Childs Teacher
286
The Importance of Parent Involvement
294

Finding Our Way Through Todays Math
182
Helping Children Develop the WideAwake Curiosity of Scientists
200
Social Studies People Places Dates and a Habit of Mind and Heart
216

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Lucy Calkins is the author of the bestseller, The Art of Teaching Writing (250,000 copies sold). Professor of education and chair of the Department of Languages, Literature, and Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, she is the founding director of the Teachers College Writing Project.

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