Sunday, December 30, 2012

Smart Books for Ensmartening the Three-to-Six Age Group

Just posted this on a message board and thought I would share here too. 

This is a list of books I currently favor for suggestions on how to enrich the environments of kiddos ages three to six:

  • How to Raise a Brighter Child, by Joan Beck
  • Help Your Preschooler Build a Better Brain: Early Learning Activities for 2-6 Year Old Children, by John Bowman
  • Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Preschool Years, by Elizabeth Hainstock
  • How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, by Tim Seldin
  • MaryAnn Kohl's various art books, and/or Young at Art, by Susan Stryker
  • The Preschooler's Busy Book and the Children's Busy Book, by Trish Kuffner
  • Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write--from Baby to Age 7, by Richard Gentry
  • Testing for Kindergarten, by Karen Quinn --> don't let the title or the marketing orientation scare you off; this turns out to be a great rundown of games and activities for youngers

I don't have zero-to-three in my pocket now, but off the top of my head:

  • Bright from the Start, by Jill Stamm
  • Baby Play and Toddler Play, by Wendy Masi for Gymboree

And my favorite books about children's books:

  • The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease
  • Babies Need Books and Five to Eight: Vital Years for Reading, by Dorothy Butler
  • Books to Build On, by E.D. Hirsch
FWIW, if you're looking for more reading material, I have a Pinterest board of Preschool and Kindergarten Reading Lists that you can check out for ideas.

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