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Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 Paperback

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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Northeast Foundation for Children; 3rd edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892989190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892989192
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An essential resource for educators and others who work with children. --James P. Comer, MD

'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

From the Author

Practical info to help parents/teachers understand children. This book is about children in school. It is designed for both parents and teachers and provides easy reference to expectations about children's growth and development in the classroom. I have tried in this small volume to consolidate a good deal of theory with years of professional experience in schools. My goal is to present important information in a readable format without compromising the key ideas passed down from the worlds of anthropology, child development, pediatrics and education. I hope you will find the information about a particular age immediately useful, and will also be captured by the obvious patterns of development. Enjoy the book. I hope you find it useful in your work with children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This is a great book for teachers and parents.
Shannon Morris
It has helped teachers to understand that often children are just behaving according to their developmental age!
Susan Rice
This book was a requirement for my Master's class.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Susan Rice on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a school counselor and a classroom teacher I found this a wonderful resource for finding quick information on the developmental stages children go through. Each staff member at our school was given a copy and we discussed it at staff meetings. Everyone seemed excited to have such an easy-to-read book that was packed with such valuable information. It has helped teachers to understand that often children are just behaving according to their developmental age! I'd recommend it to all educators and parents!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "cattlin" on August 23, 1999
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Organized by ages this book tells what you as a parent or teacher can expect of the child and what is too much to expect. As a Reading Specialist this book has been invaluable in planning for grades 1 through 5.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
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This book is a good, practical guide to child development. It focuses on children at school, but gives honest social/emotional and cognitinve development guidelines. This would be useful to any parent wondering if their child is on target, as well as teachers.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2003
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This book has been great for me as a first parent. The book picks up where my common sense leaves off. I frequently refer to this book after my own child has displayed a particular behavior. Yardsticks has reassured me many times that my 4 year old son is normal...I have given this book too many friends as well as every teacher at my son's preschool. Because the book is broken down by age per chapter, it is very easy to read and undersatnd without feeling overwhelmed.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2002
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Did you ever wonder if your child were performing at his or her grade level, but had no place to start figuring it out? Did you ever wonder if your child's classroom activities and lessons made sense? If so, take a look at Yardsticks. A good friend of mine who is also a teacher recommended this book to me and it has proven to be an excellent resource. It gives, in very basic terms, the range of abilities for each year (ages 4-14), as well as suggesting classroom activities for teachers. This is an excellent resourse, which, while not exhaustive by any means, should be an excellent first step in working with your child through the years and speaking with teachers. It's a great quick reference, broken down by age, then learning categories with bullet points within each categories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Bellinger on May 23, 2007
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This is just one incredible book. It is direct to the point with no flowery words, theories or philosphies. Each chapter is one age. The author creates about a half dozen catagories: physical, communication, etc. and provides bullets under each catagory of what to expect for the age. Each chapter is designed the same. I have found it to be right on the money! This should be a gift for every new parent!
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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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