Thursday, June 5, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

Book SmartBook Smart: How to Develop and Support Successful, Motivated Readers by Anne Cunningham and Jamie Zibulsky, 468 pages.
@SPL:  J 649.58 Cun

As a parent, how can you develop and support your child in becoming a fluent, motivated and independent reader? Beginning with emergent reading skills during the preschool years, how can you make language and literacy fun for both you and your child … and how can technology be a supplement to (but not a replacement for) language and literacy activities?

Why is it so important for parents to help their child with language and literacy both before and after their child starts school? Once children begin reading, how can parents help them improve their reading and become more independent readers while, at the same time, losing none of the enjoyment that comes with reading?

Book Smart will answer these questions. Offering a wealth of information, ideas, strategies and activities for various ages of children, this in-depth resource book is intended to be read and used by parents a section at a time. Appendixes and an index are included.

Anne Cunningham is a professor of Cognition and Development at the University of California’s School of Education, and Jamie Zibulsky is an assistant professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.

** Recommended for parents of young and school-aged children.

The Children’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner, 431 pages.
The Children's Busy Book @SPL:  J 372.13 Kuf

As a mother of five, Vancouver author Trish Kuffner knows a thing or two about keeping children busy and occupied!     

For each of the 365 days of the year, parents and care-givers can find a stimulating, fun activity for their six- to ten-year child in her book, The Children’s Busy Book.

Crafts, games, arts/crafts projects, cooking with easy recipes and outdoor physical activities are just some of the activities. There are also science activities, number activities, codes and other brainteasers, easy indoor and outdoor gardening ideas, activities for travelling and projects especially for rainy days.  

Kuffner’s ideas are straightforward and simple, requiring little or no preparation and using only a few household supplies. Even so, these ideas will engage children and develop their imagination, creativity and thinking skills. And they will have fun!

Quick recipes for finger paint, poster paint, baker’s clay, modeling clay and other basics are included in a handy appendix. 
Trish Kuffner has also written The Arts and Crafts Busy Book and The Toddler’s Busy Book.   

** Recommended for parents of school-aged children.
Published in the Stratford Gazette on June 5. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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