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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Thus edition (July 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553380303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553380309
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acredolo and Goodwyn, child development psychologists and coauthors of the acclaimed Baby Signs, have teamed up again to assist parents in teaching their infants from birth to 36 months of age. Their goal is to take state-of-the-art research and translate it into pragmatic techniques for fostering child development in the areas of problem solving, talking, reading, and math preparation. The authors' philosophy is well articulated in their statement on baby education classes: "If your baby is not having fun, it's probably not worth doing." Their work differs from other baby-game books, such as Elaine Martin's Baby Games (1988), in that it is not simply a laundry list of nursery rhymes, recipes, and action plays. Rather, it addresses broader developmental concepts and provides more open-ended questions and activities to stimulate learning. However, they do include a brief yet useful "Tips Revisited" section that outlines age-appropriate techniques. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.DLisa Williams, Moline P.L., IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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More than 65 delightful games and activities to jump-start your baby's amazing brainpower

Can simply singing a song or blowing a dandelion under a toddler's nose help her mind to blossom? Can your baby count, remember events, and solve problems even before he can talk? The exciting answer to both questions is yes!

Breakthrough research is revealing the extraordinary inborn abilities of infants.
It is also showing how experiences during the first years of life profoundly
influence intelligence, creativity, language development-and even later
reading and math skills.

Now two psychologists and child development experts-authors of the bestselling Baby Signs-have created a delightful guide for parents based on the most up-to-date knowledge of how babies discover the world. You'll learn how to:

_ Create a homemade mobile to stimulate your three-month-old's delight in solving problems
_ Play a patty-cake game to help your two-year-old
make logical connections
_ Initiate bedtime conversations that build your child's memory and sense of personal history
_ Develop "Baby Signs" to help your toddler communicate before he or she can talk
_ Stimulate your child's natural number skills with puppets and counting games
_ Use nursery rhymes and special read-aloud techniques to foster reading readiness
_ Nurture budding creativity with humor and fantasy play
_ And much more!

Baby Minds is not another program for creating "super babies." Instead it
builds on activities that babies instinctively love to develop their unique abilities and make your daily interactions full of the joy of discovery-for both of you.

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Customer Reviews

Great book for baby mind development assistance.
LMILAB
This book also has a lot of excellent research articles which are very interesting, and of importance to any parent.
Crunchy Anime Mama
I read this book and then bought a copy so I could keep it as a reference.
J. Olson

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117 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Sharmin Panjvani on August 4, 2006
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As a teacher, child psychology graduate and mother I have to say that this book was very useful. Even having studied most of the material in this book in university, it was a excellent reminder of the many ways to stimulate a child's mind. Yes there are not many gmaes - and the ones included are simple and sometimes obvious. However the connection the book makes between the games, that most parents play with their babies anyway, and how those games stimulate the mind is fascinating and is what this book is really trying to do. Once you understand the function of a particular game you can adapt and modify and make new games that stimulate the same parts of the brain.

If you are looking for a strictly games book with less psychology and more actual games and songs, definitely buy Baby Play by Gymboree. It has games organized by age and then color coded on each page to highlight the game, song, skill, related research etc and you can easily find just what you want without reading all the extra stuff. Plus, there are fantastic pictures!

But I digress. Baby Minds is a book with a lot of information. It is designed, I believe, for the parent or teacher who wants to understand what their child is learning when they play. Can you successfully raise your child without reading this book? Absolutely! Will this book make you more aware of the types of activities you do with your child and what your child is gaining? Absolutely!
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168 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Ramsay on October 8, 2004
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When a book is titled "Baby Minds: Brain Building Games Your Baby Will Love", you would expect that games would be the focus of the book -- at least I did! Instead, the "games" are limited to a few tips. In fact, the authors summarize the "games" in a mere 4 pages at the end of the 190 page book. And as other reviewers have noted, many of the games are regurgitated ideas. (like "Have a Tea Party" or "limit television time" or "Read Nursery Rhymes") The informationon brain development is interesting, but I expected that to be the lesser portion of the book, give the focus of the title.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Judith Quarles on September 20, 2000
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I received this book as a gift and read it practically cover to cover right away. It was really fun getting a peek into how research with babies works. It's amazing what they've found out babies can do. I also like the fact that the authors never forget the importance of the emotional side of everything. They emphasize that the games they describe are good ways to connect with a baby and that a warm relationship is the most effective way to help a baby learn. This book is a great choice for anyone with a child under the age of 3. I recommend it highly.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Peedy W. Legs on January 4, 2002
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This book recommends what types of stimulus help to promote optimal mental and emotional development. It's laid out fairly well and it a quick read. Use this book as a supplement to other baby mind books you'll get. What I like best about this book is at the end, it summarizes (in chart form) all the things you should be doing with the baby and at what age (such as what type of stimulus you should be giving the baby and what areas of cognitive or emotional development it stimulates). Again, get this in conjunction with other books, such as my favorite, "What's Going On In There?".
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By LG Stark on September 19, 2000
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Baby Minds is a great book for anyone who has ever wondered what's going on inside their baby's or their grandchild's head and I'm sure that is just about everyone. The book is full of surprising things that researchers have discovered. I'd bet most adults have no idea, for example, that even 6 month-olds know something about adding and subtracting, or that they can remember things for incredibly long periods of time. After highlighting specific examples, the authors tie these remarkable skills to games parents and grandparents can play with their babies, not only to stimulate them intellectually, but also just to have fun. Grandpas will love it too.
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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Abayomi on March 28, 2004
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I found about 3 useful tips in the entire book. Not that the information was inaccurate, just very piece meal and basic. If one is not very well versed with how the entire environment affects a child then this book may be of some use.
For me, the data pulled from isolated studies and extrapolated into theories on how to enhance brain function was weak. I HIGHLY reccomend going with the Glen Doman series ('How to teach you baby to read', 'How to teach you baby math' etc.). They are based decades of proven work with real parents teaching real children and getting real (superior) results. Do be fooled by the 'baby minds' lack of approach. Get the kits, they are fun and they work!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Clark on March 26, 2005
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While I think this is a great book, I expected it to be a better resource of games. It is more general than expected and you have to wade through the chapters to find the game suggestions. This makes it more difficult to use as a resource later when you are likely to want to look up games for a specific age-group. While they do have a "Tips Revisited" chapter where they list the games by age, I wasn't pleased with the generalness of the descriptions given. I just wasn't excited about the organization of the book. I much preferred "Your Baby's Mind" by S. H. Jacobs (except his dismissal of early exposure to books). I did however love the book "Baby Signs' by these same authors.
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