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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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?This book is a gem and will help you enrich your child's life and ?nourish? his/her growing brain with great love and intelligent fun.?
?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
About the Author
Paula Spencer has written extensively on pregnancy and parenting for numerous national magazines, including "Parenting", "Women's Day" and "Redbook". Paula lives in Knoxville, TN, with her husband and their three children.
Top Customer Reviews
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
The book is excellent. I love it. I read several books but none was as good as this one. I love that it tells you how to care for your child so you can develop his/her brain.Published 6 days ago by Irina Tanase
Didn't think the book would have such a eye opening experience. I'm that type of mom that feels guilty for having to cook and clean while her kid played by herself. Read morePublished 14 days ago by michelle
The title is deceptive (cheap title). The content is excellent. Highly recommended book.Published 27 days ago by VT
I worked at a learning center that's curriculum was based off of this book and I loved it, so when I had my own child I bought this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jenna Lang
Wish it had more of a what to do per month of age at the end of the book summarized. I finished the entire book but need to go back chapter by chapter to remember all the suggested... Read morePublished 3 months ago by mari
Bright from the Start is a solid overview on early childhood education. I would not hestitate to recommend reading this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Taitelbaum
A very good book; very helpful an important for parents to know about ways of giving your baby the best chance to develop their brainPublished 6 months ago by Totally Frank
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 6 months ago by A.L.