Going to School: How to Help Your Child Succeed (Goddard Parenting Guides)

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A landmark book for parents on why, when, and how to prepare children for going to school and how to support them in the critical early school years. This book is based on the Ramsey's twenty years of research, including their just-completed National Transition-to-School Demonstration Project, which involved over 8,000 children from kindergarten through third grade.

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A "sensible guide" with " abundant advice and hand-holding." "... recommendations are nicely subtle yet informative." -- Publishers Weekly, June 21, 1999

Research shows that "the family has a much impact as schools or teachers on a child's success in school," according to Sharon Ramey, Ph.D. and Craig Ramey, Ph.D. The Rameys have just completed a five-year Congressionally funded study of 10,000 children called the "National Transition to School Demonstration Project." In their new book, Going to School, they explain how parents can take an active role in their kids' education from the start. While it is research-based, this book is full of down-to-earth, clear advice to help parents help children succeed in school. Among the topics the Rameys address: How schools are different today from a generation ago and how to take advantage of the choices and options that are now available. The hallmarks of children who succeed in school and how to foster their development. What you should know about standardized tests, grades, and report cards. What to do if your child doesn't like school. How to encourage language skills. Way! s to promote your child's learning to read as well as common causes of reading difficulties and what to do about them. How social skills can influence your child's school adjustment and academic progress as well as his adaption to all life situations. Stressing that there is no one way that works best for every child, the Rameys also provide valuable insights on when and how to use tutors and special classes; what to do about attention disorders and learning disabilities; what to do if your child's development is advanced beyond his or her peers; and how to promote good work habits. -- Work and Family Life -September, 1999

The schools most of today's children attend are dramatically different than those their parents remember. This thorough guide, aimed at parents of children age 3 to 8, explains how families can help ease the transition into school and participate actively in their kids' education. A 1999 Parents' Choice® Approval. (Parents' Choice®). -- From Parents' Choice®

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All those in pursuit of a "worldclass education and a lifetime of good school memories" for their children will find abundant advice and hand-holding in this sensible guide. Drawing in part upon their recent congressionally funded study, the Rameys (coauthors of Right from Birth) present the view that family environment influences children's successful schooling at least as much as schools and teachers. The Rameys gently lead parents through the various aspects of supporting a child's schooling, such as fostering good social skills, choosing a school, establishing family routines and assessing academic progress. Their specific recommendations are nicely subtle yet informative ("a step forward and then a pause, or step back" is normal in a child's development). Somewhat tiresome, though, are the authors' apparent reverence for research and their occasional deviation into hyperconscious parenting. While discussing the importance of creating a special space for study, for example, they mention: "To our knowledge, however, no one has studied this aspect of family life over time or in adequate detail." The Rameys do offer valuable chapters on the learning process and educational theory, and they include numerous tables listing guidelines and resources. Parents with good intentions but limited educational and child-rearing experience will benefit most from this motivating, albeit somewhat overwhelming, handbook.
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