Do you tell your preschooler one thing and they do the opposite? Are they easily distracted or unable to focus? If you suspect that your child may have a learning problem--or if you simply want to help them be ready--here is the book to read before he or she enters the school system: arealistic, humorous, and kind-hearted guide to helping your little one learn.In Ready to Learn, Stan Goldberg draws on thirty years of clinical experience (and personal experience as the father of two kids with learning differences) to provide an easy-to-use guide to helping children overcome any problems and improve their learning skills. Illustrating his discussion withmany anecdotes about teaching both his own children and children in his private practice, Goldberg walks readers through the process of learning and shows how to identify a learning problem. He focuses on four major areas--problems of attention, understanding, storage, and retrieval--presenting eachproblem through the eyes of the child, in everyday terms that a parent can understand. He looks at seven down-to-earth strategies that will allow you to create the best plan to help your child overcome their problem and he provides many handy charts and figures that will help you organize yourefforts. The book also includes a list of useful web sites and a chart of development milestones, outlining motor skills, cognitive-sensory skills, and language and social skills.Written in a style that blends humor, insightful stories, and practical experience, Ready to Learn provides a flexible, time-tested approach, using step-by-step strategies that will help your preschoolers become confident and love learning--before they enter the classroom.
Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Goldberg's compassionate, comprehensive manual, geared particularly toward parents of preschoolers with any number of learning delays or disabilities, looks somewhat academic, with its text-heavy layout and frequent charts. But it will be a boon to any parent or caretaker wishing "to learn the fundamentals of teaching children," and a friendly one at that, as Goldberg eschews labels, preferring instead to focus on behaviors. He describes how children process information and outlines basic skills parents must acquire to help children properly handle data. He offers strategies for adults to help develop preschoolers' attention and understanding (e.g., break up complex tasks into smaller steps; use visual information for children whose listening skills are poor), outlines how a child's poor learning skills can affect the emotional well-being of his or her entire family and shares ways to keep family harmony. Although the 11 chapters are dense, each one gives a specific tactic for identifying the personal learning styles of children as young as age two. Goldberg incorporates plenty of examples from his experiences as a university professor (at San Francisco State University), researcher, clinician and parent into the text, and includes diagrams, graphs and graphics to present a thorough, positive guide. By addressing even severe learning problems early, Goldberg explains, learning differences won't keep children from growing up happily to become successful adults. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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|| Oxford ; New York :Oxford University Press,2005
xv, 313 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -304) and index.