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Especially for Lower Elementary (6-12 years)

General Parenting

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Montessori: Recommended Reading

“The Absorbent Mind” by Maria Montessori
This book deserves careful reading, for the author’s views are as relevant (and revolutionary) now as when they were first proposed.”—New York Times Book Review

“Montessori – A Modern Approach” by Paula Polk Lillard
Lillard’s account is the best to date. She has a sensitive understanding about how and why Montessori methods can work so superbly.”Chicago Tribune

“Montessori – The Science Behind the Genius” by Angeline Stoll Lillard
Traditional American schooling is in constant crisis because it is based on two poor models for children’s learning: the school as a factory and the child as a blank slate. School reforms repeatedly fail by not penetrating these models. One hundred years ago, Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, devised a very different method of educating children, based on her observations of how they naturally learn.

Montessori: Extended List

“A Montessori Revolution in Education” by E.M. Standing

“The Montessori Method” by Maria Montessori

“Education and Peace” by Maria Montessori

“What You Should Know About Your Child” by Maria Montessori

“Education for a New World” by Maria Montessori

“The Child in the Family” by Maria Montessori

“The Advanced Method Vol. 1” by Maria Montessori

“Maria Montessori: Her Live and Work” by E.M. Standing

“Montessori in the Classroom” by Paula Polk Lillard

“The Discovery of the Child” by Maria Montessori

“The Secret of Childhood” by Maria Montessori

Montessori: Especially for Elementary (6-12 Years)

Montessori Today” by Paula Polk Lillard
Maria Montessori concentrated upon the goal of education, rather than its methods.

“From Childhood to Adolescence” by Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori describes the child with warmth and the exactness of a scientist. She also discusses the array of materials and techniques needed to release his learning potential.

“A Montessori Revolution in Education” by Maria Montessori

“The Montessori Method” by Maria Montessori

“First Things First” by Agnes Boysen

“Spontaneous Activity in Education” by Maria Montessori

“The Montessori Elementary Material” by Maria Montessori

“Discipline without Tears” by Rudolph Driekurs

“Advanced Method Vol. II” by Maria Montessori

“To Educate the Human Potential” by Maria Montessori

“The Formation of Man” by Maria Montessori

General Parenting: Recommended Reading

“Raising Self Reliant Children in a Self Indulgent World” by Stephen Glenn
No Parent or Educator Can Afford to Ignore This Groundbreaking Work!

“Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” by Richard Louv
An honest, well-researched and well-written book. . . The first to give name to an undeniable problem.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Between Parent and Child” by Haim Ginott
Over the past thirty-five years, Between Parent and Child has helped millions of parents around the world strengthen their relationships with their children. Written by renowned psychologist Dr. Haim Ginott, this revolutionary book offered a straightforward prescription for empathetic yet disciplined child rearing and introduced new communication techniques that would change the way parents spoke with, and listened to, their children. Dr. Ginott’s innovative approach to parenting has influenced an entire generation of experts in the field, and now his methods can work for you, too.

“Positive Discipline” by Jane Nelson
For twenty-five years, Positive Discipline has been the gold standard reference for grown-ups working with children. Now Jane Nelsen, distinguished psychologist, educator, and mother of seven, has written a revised and expanded edition. The key to positive discipline is not punishment, she tells us, but mutual respect. Nelsen coaches parents and teachers to be both firm and kind, so that any child–from a three-year-old toddler to a rebellious teenager–can learn creative cooperation and self-discipline with no loss of dignity.

“Multiple Intelligences” by Howard Gardner
Howard Gardner’s brilliant conception of individual competence has changed the face of education in the twenty-three years since the publication of his classic work, Frames of Mind. Since then thousands of educators, parents, and researchers have explored the practical implications and applications of Multiple Intelligences theory–the powerful notion that there are separate human capacities, ranging from musical intelligence to the intelligence involved in self-understanding.

“How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & How To Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele and Mazlish Faber
ow to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk is an excellent communication tool kit based on a series of workshops developed by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Faber and Mazlish (coauthors of Siblings Without Rivalry) provide a step-by-step approach to improving relationships in your house. The “Reminder” pages, helpful cartoon illustrations, and excellent exercises will improve your ability as a parent to talk and problem-solve with your children. The book can be used alone or in parenting groups, and the solid tools provided are appropriate for kids of all ages.

“Boys and Girls Learn Differently! A Guide for Teachers and Parents” by Michael Gurian
Despite feminism and efforts to desexualize teaching, boys and girls persistently exhibit different learning styles. Based on two decades of research in 30 cultures around the world and the observations made at the Michael Gurian Institute at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, this book explores the reasons for those differences in processing information and learning. Part 1 examines research on the brain that indicates physical differences, such as male brains being larger and female brains maturing earlier. Part 2 offers practical, grade-level-appropriate advice for developing learning environments that accommodate boys’ and girls’ differing learning styles. The book notes the fundamental differences–boys are more active and physical, girls more verbal and social–but cautions against stereotyping children and neglecting the individuality of specific kids. It outlines the components of the “ultimate classroom,” one that supports both sexes in learning, and illustrates with actual classroom experiences. Helpful tables outline different strategies, and the book encourages teaching teachers to “mentor both aggression and empathy.” Useful for parents and teachers alike.

General Parenting: Extended List

“Parenting by Heart” by Ron Taffel

“You are Not the Boss of Me!” by Claire Flynn

“Raising Your Spirited Child” by Mary Kurcinka

“Playful Parenting” by Lawrence J. Cohen

“Misbehavior is Important Work for Children” by Claire Flynn

“The Financially Intelligent Parent” by Eileen Gallo & Jon Gallo

“Parenting for a Peaceful World” by Robin Grille

“The Optimistic Child” by Martin Seligman

“Children Are from Heaven” by John Gray

“Mom, They’re Teasing Me” by Michael Thompson

“Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children” by Michael Thompson

“Father Courage: What Happens When Men Put Family First” by Suzanne Braun Levine

“Spiritual Parenting” by Mimi Doe

“Temperament Tools” by Helen Neville and Diane Clark Johnson

“Shalom in the Home” by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

“The War Play Dilemma” by Diane E. Levin and Nancy Carllson-Paige

“Children: The Challenge” by Rudolf Driekurs

“The Challenge of Parenthood” by Rudolf Driekurs

“Magical Child” by Joseph Chilton Pierce

“How Children Learn” by John Holt

“The Rights of Infants” by Margaret Ribble

“The Plug-In Drug” by Marie Wimm

“The Science of Parenting” by Margot Sunderland

“Your Child’s Self Esteem” by Dorothy Corkille Briggs

“Hear to Heart Parenting” by Robin Grille

“Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman

Child Development: Child Development Authors

Kyle Pruett

T. Berry Brazelton

Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Stanley Greenspan

Thomas Gordon

Foster Cline and Jim Fay (Love and Logic)

Dinkmeyer & Mckay

Michael Riera

Rudolf Dreikurs

Haim Ginott

Gender: Recommended Reading

“Why Gender Matters” by Leonard Sax

“Boys and Girls Learn Differently!” by Michael Gurian

“Nurture The Nature” by Michael Gurian

Gender: Girls

“Things Will Be Different For My Daughter” by Mindy Bingham & Susan Stryker

“A Toolbox for Our Daughters” by Annette W. Geffert

“Alpha Girls” by Dan Kindlon

“200 Ways to Raise a Girl’s Self-Esteem” by Will Glennon

“Raising Strong Daughters” by Jeanette Gadeberg

“Reviving Ophelia” by Mary Pipher

“it’s a baby girl!” by The Gurian Institute, Stacie Bering & Adie Goldberg

“The Wonder of Girls” by Michael Gurian

Gender: Boys

“It’s a Boy!” by Michael Thompson

“Raising Cain” by Michael Thompson

“Speaking of Boys” by Michael Thompson

“Real Boys” by William Pallock

“The Minds of Boys” by Michael Gurian

“200 Ways to Raise a Boy’s Emotional Intelligence” by Will Glennon

“The Wonder of Boys” by Michael Gurian

“The Purpose of boys” by Michael Gurian

“it’s a baby boy” by The Gurian Institute, Stacie Bering & Adie Goldberg

Learning Differences

“A Mind at a Time” by Mel Levine
Recognizing each child’s intellectual, emotional, and physical strengths–and teaching directly to these strengths–is key to sculpting “a mind at a time,” according to Dr. Mel Levine. While this flashing yellow light will not surprise many skilled educators, limited resources often prevent them from shifting their instructional gears. But to teachers and parents whose children face daily humiliation at school, the author bellows, “Try harder!” A professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School, Levine eloquently substantiates his claim that developmental growth deserves the same monitoring as a child’s physical growth.

Learning Differences: Sensory Processing Disorder

“Out of Synch Child” by Carol Stock Kranwitz
The revised and updated edition of a groundbreaking special-needs activity guideThis revised edition of the companion volume to The Out-of-Sync Child includes new activities that parents of kids with Sensory Processing Disorder can do at home with their child, along with updated information on which activities are most appropriate for children with coexisting conditions such as Asperger’s, autism, and more.

“The Highly Sensitive Child” by Elaine Aron
“To have an exceptional child you must be willing to have an exceptional child. You have one. And this book will teach you how to raise him to be not only exeptional, but healthy, loving, well-adjusted, and happy.” Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. Praise for The Highly Sensitive Person: ‘This remarkable book speaks clearly to highly sensitive people. It gives a fresh perspective, a sigh of relief, and a good sense of where we belong in society.’ JOHN GRAY, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

“Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight” by Sharon Heller
Dr. Sharon Heller has written a fascinating account of how sensation can run amok and cause problems. — New York Newsday

Learning Differences: Dyslexia

“The Gift of Dyslexia” by Ronald D. Davi
The author shares the startling discovery that enabled him to overcome his own dyslexia, reveals how dyslexia can be related to high levels of intelligence, and offers a plan that anyone with dyslexia can use to conquer the common disability.

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