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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Xulon Press; 4 edition (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159160236X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591602361
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

SLOW AND STEADY GET ME READY is a highly recommended early childhood developmental parenting resource that has achieved recognition in both the educational and medical communities. This resource was awarded the seal of approval from The National Parenting Center and is listed in the Head Start Education Resource Directory. The Harvard Family Research Project recommended SLOW AND STEADY GET ME READY to the United States Department of Education, where it appears in the Educational Research Information Center (ERIC) database and the CLAS Early Childhood Research Institute – Office of Special Education Programs.

SLOW AND STEADY GET ME READY has been endorsed by Mary Pride, a leading home-school educator and author. This guide has been listed in the Journal of the American Medical Association as a pediatric reference. SLOW AND STEADY GET ME READY has also been recommended by pediatricians and it has been used by hospitals and churches in birth and family education programs. In addition, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home and the October 2000 issue of Your Baby, a South African magazine, have endorsed this valuable 352-page parenting book.

An excellent article on SLOW AND STEADY GET ME READY is found in The Washington Post (Style Plus, May 20, 1997).

SLOW AND STEADY GET ME READY has become a worldwide reference standard for parents. It has been translated and published in Japan, Romania, Korea, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, India (3 languages), Lebanon (Arabic) and Mexico (Spanish).

SINCE BABIES DON’T COME WITH DIRECTIONS, USE SLOW AND STEADY GET ME READY TO GUIDE YOU.

From the Author

The first five years of a child’s life are the most formative and critical. SLOW AND STEADY GET ME READY is for those genuinely interested in helping children get a good start in life so that they will not be left behind! These children will some day be the leaders of the future.

Numerous repeat orders have substantiated and demonstrated the usefulness of SLOW AND STEADY GET ME READY. People do not reorder a product unless they like it. Many mothers and grandmothers have said, "I wish I would have had a resource guide like this when my child was young."

THE BEST THING THAT PARENTS CAN SPEND ON THEIR CHILD IS THEIR TIME!

Customer Reviews

I am planning to buy this for baby shower gifts!
R. Patterson
This book is great for my 3 mo. old and my 2.5 year old.
Danise Brakeman
Great activities for all developmental skills ages 0-5.
Aubrey L. Bourque

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By "pcgould2" on July 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book contains one educational activity for each week of your childs life, from birth to age 5. Although you are humorlessly instructed to do the activities in order, repeating the activity-of-the-week daily, the book is still useful in real life. Every few weeks, I flip through the sections for my children's ages and get ideas. The activities are exactly age appropriate- even the ones for young babies. They generally (but not always) use stuff you have around the house. And they are often ideas you might not think of on your own. I have also found that the activities have a good time-enjoyed to clean-up-the-mess time ratio!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Carrington on July 2, 2010
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As other reviewers have mentioned, the pacing in this book is off for the majority of children. The activites will not line up with your child's interests and abilities on a week-to-week basis since every child is truly different.

Is that a problem? No. Simply pick and choose to suit your child's interests and abilities.

Don't stress if the author seems to think that a not quite 2 year old should be able to button, snap, and zip and yours can't.
(1) The author taught kindergarten, not nursery school. She doesn't have tons of experience with thousands of infants and preschoolers. Who does, really?
(2) Every child IS different, learning things as they WANT to, not as they are forced to by some odd adult schedule. Many 5-year-olds still mix up colors. It's normal. It's also normal for a 2 year old to know them all.
(3) You can always skip activities that seem beyond your child, move ahead to ones that she is ready for, and come back to any of them at any time for any reason.

Are the activities and games basic, needing little money or prep? Yep. But as a tired, overwhelmed mom I can tell you that I couldn't think of most of them. It's nice to have a handy guide of simple, fun things to do with my child. Hurray for other moms who aren't as tired or are more creative than me. And hurray for me for having this book.

Is it too late to use this book if your child is no longer an infant? Nope! I bought this book when my daughter was 2 and kept forgetting to pull it out. She is nearly 4 now and I just went through the book again, flagging fun things to do with her. I've even flagged a couple of things out of the 1-year-old chapter.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By LeBorn on July 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Someone suggested I get this book because I was having a hard time thinking up ways to play with my daughter that would intrigue her. The things to do in this book are easy to follow and make use of common household items. I would certainly recommend this book!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By K. Ahuja on May 7, 2007
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I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend who is homeschooling her 2 kids. I won't be homeschooling, and I work outside of the house. But I like the principles of taking an active role in developing my daughter's mind & body. This book provides great activities to engage your little one. My daughter has enjoyed the games. I enjoy the new ideas. However, the writing is overly-simplistic. The illustrations are weak. An online resource pushing weekly activity emails encourages many of the same conepts. But I still like having the book so I can go back or jump ahead to meet my daughter's development stage. Buy a used/discounted copy if you can.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Megan on June 8, 2008
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I love the idea of this book, and some of the activities are perfectly age appropriate and I enjoy doing. Others are so off-base I can hardly believe it. For example: When your baby is about 10 1/2 months old, you are supposed to put 3 objects in front of her, tell her the names of them, try to get the baby to say the object's name, and then ask for one of the objects and have the baby hand it to you. On a good day, an 18 month old should be able to do that! At 10 1/2 months, a baby is just going to stare at you, and pick her favorite object to chew. This game is not the least bit developmentally appropriate at all.

It also doesn't take into account that babies develop at different speeds. According to this book, your baby should have a pretty wide range of vocabulary by age 1. A few babies do, but most don't. It would be nice if the book included some modified suggestions for babies who may not be up to the game suggested.

Still, my daughter is 11 months and we've had fun going through the book doing the activities that are appropriate. I think that this is a great resource, and I do recommend purchasing it. I just think that it could be better.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jules B. on August 1, 2005
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I am a mother of 3 year old & a 6 month old. Since my first child was born, I have been looking for ways to help give my children any extra 'help' I can ... and also for ways to entertain and occupy them. I don't plan to home school ... but preschool may be financially out of reach. This is an awesome book! I have checked out numerous books from the library as well as searched the internet for free (and inexpensive) ways to accomplish my above agenda. The author provides great, realistic ideas on how to make your children expand their minds.

I was even given the book by Gymboree on activities ... let me tell you, that book was dumb! My daughter never wanted to do those things and it took a lot out of you to set up the projects. This is a book I will put on my list of "perfect gift for a shower" along with the Einstein videos and a bouncy seat. Talk about a life saver.
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