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Bright from the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3 Paperback – July 31, 2008
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Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Toddler on the Block
What we are learning today from brain research is amazing, and this book makes that research into a parent friendly tool.
Michael Gurian, author of Nurture the Nature and The Wonder of Boys
If all newborns could come with an instruction book, this would be it.
Keneth S. Kosik , M.D., co-direct or of the Neuroscience Research Institute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Enough about grammar, the important thing is the book content. The author had a premature baby and a normal healthy baby and she shares a lot of her personal experience in this book. These stories are often touching and serve well to contrast the extremes of child development.
I found the exercises and scientific information very beneficial and I agree with most reviewers that this is a valuable book. I also found a lot of product endorsements. In many cases these endorsements seem to be self-serving.
There is also a good amount of information which is controversial or conflicting with advice you'll get from other reputable books and studies.
I think this is an excellent book to read with one or two grains of salt. There is very good advice and very good suggestions for exercises and playtime activities. As a new parent you'll trust your instincts and you'll be right to do so. This is a good source for suggestions but I wouldn't suggest it as a step by step guide to getting your child off to an intellectual head start. Love your child and trust your gut and you won't go wrong. I will use this book as a suggestion box, not a bible.
I am surprised that out of 30 reviews I am the first person not to give it five glowing stars. I do think it's a good book, but I don't think it really deserves five stars.
Stamm's theory is simple to follow. A, B, C. Attention, Bonding, Communication. She emphasizes the idea that a caregiver is baby's first and best toy. Face games, fill and spill, hide and find, sort and match, etc; activities are essential to learning and developing attention span and curiosity. All these are led by a parent, not gimmicky-flashing toys. But she also emphasizes the need for play time to be FUN and unstructured. Then there is downtime -- don't forget kids need to just take some time to watch the grass grow as birds chirp near by.
I love (and fully agree with) her emphasis on communication. Time and time again IQ is connected directly to vocabulary. Kids who start school with 10,000 words excel much quicker than those who enter with 5,000. Simply talking to a child, before they can even talk back, has a far reaching impact. Stamm also uses the section on communication to focus on music and reading.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got it as a gift for a teacher who just had a baby and she was really impressed, so I guess I am too.Published 10 days ago by A.L.
I was surprised by how good this book was. It's all stuff that's been said in psych 101 classes for the last 15 years but I needed a refresher. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Meg
This is a great book to help new parents understand their child's development. The human brain is amazing.Published 4 months ago by VolunteerMom
This book focuses on games that you, the parent, should be playing with your young child to encourage the natural development of your child's brain. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Aukie
Straight forward and what one might expect. Many references and resources cited. Anyone assuming there is scientific jargon too deep to wade through, I don't think her... Read morePublished 6 months ago by paul harbin
We will never read enough about r.aising children as successfully as possiblePublished 6 months ago by Adriana Cashman