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The content might be good, but the display in my iPad's Kindle app was *bizarre*. Each page printed out sideways, and only half the page was displayed. It was impossible to read, so I had to ask for a refund. I hope the publisher will fix the Kindle version, as I really wanted to read this book!
I was hoping for a text that would be an accessible/non-academic guide to child development to help me understand if my expectations for my child are age-appropriate. Something like Piaget (or whoever is the modern day equivalent) For Dummies. I wanted information on what to expect in terms of emotional regulation, behavior, independence levels, empathy, and more abstract concepts like being able to accurately gauge the passage of time (e.g. when I say "we need to leave in five minutes" is that something a six year old can reasonably comprehend? a ten year old?).
What I got was on par with the kind of informational brochure you'd get from a pediatricians office. Each age has a 10-ish page chapter, most of which is made up of bullet points, with wide margins, and a big font, plus pictures. The last several pages of each chapter are specifically geared towards what sort of things they should be doing in each school subject. I knew that this book was more geared towards teachers, but I assumed that I would be able to glean relevant info as a parent, since I feel like a lot of teachers I know had to take child development classes as part of their schooling and thought maybe some of those concepts would be included.
It is somewhat handy to read "ahead" so to speak, so I will give it that. If you have a six year old and you're reading the ten year old chapter thinking "this is what I thought it'd be like right now!" then maybe that's a clue that your expectations are unreasonable. But overall this was unfortunately not what I was hoping for as a parent. It's probably great for teachers, though!
Your child is no longer a baby but what to expect now? Really liked this book for an overview of what to expect at each age. Uses common sense, and of course kids can briefly revert or jump ahead in behavior and you know what to expect and how to handle. It's hard to find a "how to" for this age group and this adds some sanity to parenting expectations to save grief for both parent and child.
I was a teacher and did not miss an August right before school would begin to pick up this book and “refresh” my memory. Any teacher will tell you that understanding child development is one of the most important aspects of teaching! This book gives you great insight and valuable information to help you navigate your work with your students or life with your children.
I used a pdf version of this book throughout grad school when studying for my M.Ed. I decided to order the book recently as I started an education business and found myself needing a quick reference. Still a great resource. I love the updates to reflect changes in child’s development in response to technology and other factors.
This is a pretty basic book for understanding learning benchmarks for students. I used it to develop personas for my company, and was able to paint a pretty vivid picture of the diverse experiences students have from grade to grade. I'm curious how many students made up the sample for each grade as there seemed to be a lot of generalizations and the author described a strange yo-yo effect between 6 and 9 that seemed like it could have come from a small sample size. Overall, I trust that the author is smarter on this topic than I am and took the information in this book to heart. It's a great resource for quickly getting a cognitive development 101 crash course and I recommend it for parents and teachers.
If you are a parent, teacher or interact with children in any capacity, you will appreciate this easy to read and understand book. Understanding the specific needs of children during different stages of cognitive, physical and social/emotional development is critical for effective relationships with children. My wife and I are teachers. We have not only bought every edition of this valuable book over the years, we have gifted it to countless other teachers and parents as well. Although we have many, many "teacher books" this is the ONLY book I keep handy for frequent referencing.
This breaks down, in a very helpful manner for teachers and parents, what to expect of each age developmentally. It's well-organized and simply laid out for easy and quick reference. A teacher or parent would love this book! You can also purchase "Yardsticks" brochures to hand out to parents for what to expect at each grade level, referencing the 2-3 years of development encapsulated in one grade.