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Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 Paperback – January 1, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-1892989192 ISBN-10: 1892989190 Edition: 3rd

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An essential resource for educators and others who work with children. --James P. Comer, MD, Yale University School of Medicine

Yardsticks is an indispensable resource for educators who want to be responsive to the needs, talents, and aspirations of all the children they teach. --Larry Dieringer, Executive Director, Educators for Social Responsibility

About the Author

Chip Wood has been a K-8 teacher, principal, and teacher educator for over 35 years. He is a co-founder of Center for Responsive Schools.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Center for Responsive Schools, Inc.; 3rd edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892989190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892989192
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grasshopper on December 1, 2008
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This book provides a useful "snapshot" of child development, year by year. The author's love and understanding of children truly shines through as he discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each age.
The book is concise and easy-to-use, and has become one of the most frequently used books in my professional library.
Teachers and administrators, this is a must have! It is especially helpful for teachers working with a new age group; administrators, "floaters" and substitutes who work with many age groups; and any professional looking for clear, concise information to share with families about the developmental needs of their children.
Parents, too, will enjoy this book. While it focuses on the children in the classroom, the content will ring true at home, as well!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jmw on May 27, 2011
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As a former child development teacher turned elementary teacher, I have found this book very helpful in understanding older students. This book highlights developmental patterns in every grade level K-8 and highlights what the students need in terms of curriculum. These suggestions can help augment any standards based curriculum to improve engagement and learning in the class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynne B. Tagawa on January 8, 2013
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As an educator and former homeschooling parent, this book is a great accessible resource for parents and teachers alike. Some have criticized this book as being shallow or incomplete. But this is not a college textbook. It is a handbook, especially beneficial to those who have not the time or interest to delve deeply into the subject. Homeschooling parents in particular would be well advised to start here before making expensive curriculum choices. It may also be a means of discerning whether your child has true problems or is being pushed beyond his developmental abilities by his teacher.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss Philli on December 14, 2008
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As a Middle School teacher I hoped to gain new insight on my student's age group, and "Yardsticks" does offer some comforting advice to teachers and parents. (It's not just me, it's their age!) It's a quick and easy read. I would have wished for more pointers and detail, but it offers an accessible overview.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Walker on March 17, 2014
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Knowing the typical developmental stages of children help us all become better role models, teachers, and parents. An easy read, packed full of research-based information about growing up.
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By TeacherMama on November 1, 2011
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I purchased this book for a graduate course for my teaching degree but have found it beneficial as a parent as well. The information is presented simplistically but contains a lot of detail. For parents, information on physical, social-emotional, language, cognitive growth, and motor ability helps explain why your child is doing what he/she is doing. This helped me better understand what my teenager is doing and why. For teachers, it provides information on reading, writing, thematic units, and math. The information provide details what is of interest to a particular age range. I used this to create lessons to meet standards that had an interest factor for them as listed in the book. It worked wonderfully! I would add this to my essentials book list!
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We began homeschooling our 6 year old son this year and with no backround in teaching, I was looking for simple information on child development and what I could reasonably expect from my son and daughter at their respective ages. Perfect! Each chapter contains an overview of children at each age, simple charts explaining the strengths and weaknesses in their various skills, and general curriculum guidelines. Turns out several issues I was concerned about are just textbook 6 year old behavior! I'm sure our lives both just got a lot easier. Every parent should have this whether they homeschool or not- how nice to have inside information on why our kids are acting the way they are!
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By A. J. P. Smith on February 26, 2013
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We use this book at the school where I work and I should have read it years ago to help me with my own child. Remember children don't come with instructions but this book can help you figure out what is going on with your school age children. Chip Wood is great at defining growth and the characteristics of the 4-14 age groups . I am currently working with 4 year olds and what he says about them and what they do at this age is absolutely correct you have to read it you will notice everything he says hits home for you and the bonus is you have a reference to go to with this book and some ahhh moments. Great book for educators and parents!
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