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Mind in the Making: The Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs Volume 1 by [Ellen Galinsky]
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Galinsky (Six Stages of Parenthood; Ask the Children) has spent her career observing and analyzing how children learn. Collaborating with top researchers in the science of childhood brain development for the past decade, she identifies seven life skills that help children reach their full potential and unleash their passion to learn. The skills are presented in a readable and accessible volume enlivened by parents' narratives about what works and what doesn't, hints and tips, and over a hundred suggestions (games and family activities) for involving kids in the pursuit of learning. Each of seven chapters focuses on one skill, most of them involved with the executive (or management) function of the brain, such as focus and self-control, communicating, and critical thinking. Galinsky urges parents to instill in their children a grasp of different kinds of knowledge to best tap inborn sense and foster self-motivation. The big message is simple: teaching children to think may be the most important thing a parent can do. It doesn't take a village and it doesn't require fancy courses or equipment—Galinsky's everyday, playful, parent-child learning interactions offer a place to start. Some of the advice may seem self-evident, but it is a valuable, worthwhile resource. (Apr.)
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''[Mind in the Making] may well be the next iconic parenting manual, up there with Spock and Leach and Brazelton, one that parents turn to for reassurance that all is more or less okay, reminders of how to make it better, and glimpses of what's to come.'' --New York Times

''A readable and accessible volume enlivened by parents' narratives about what works and what doesn't . . . Galinsky's everyday, playful, parent-child learning interactions offer a place to start . . . A valuable, worthwhile resource.'' --Publishers Weekly

''Mind in the Making just put [Galinsky] in the 'Child Development Expert Hall of Fame.' Mind in the Making is one of those rare and glorious books that will make a difference on our children's lives and future.'' --Michele Borba, EdD, author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions

''We need to get these important messages out, and parents are clamoring for it.'' --T. Berry Brazelton, MD, emeritus professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and founder of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center

''A valuable resource! Ellen Galinsky's extensive research reveals important insights into the science of early learning.'' --Adele Faber, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

''Ellen Galinsky -- already the go-to person on interaction between families and the workplace -- draws on fresh research to explain what we ought to be teaching our children. This is must-reading for everyone who cares about America's fate in the twenty-first century.'' --Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour

''Mind in the Making is the central component of a creative, multifaceted initiative that clarifies paths to lifelong learning -- related to discoveries about brain development and how learning builds on the structure and function of the brain. It is a valuable contribution based on solid research that yields practical benefits.'' --David A. Hamburg, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, and president emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York

''Mind in the Making is a tour de force. In Galinsky's hands, the latest scientific discoveries about how children learn are carefully molded into seven seemingly simple but profound skills that predict success in the twenty-first century.'' --Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, professor of psychology, Temple University, and coauthor of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool

''A book of incomparable quality about what is best for children and why in today's world. Mind in the Making helps you assemble the ingredients in your own kitchen for rearing children who are intelligent, emotionally secure, and equipped to succeed.'' --Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, professor of education, psychology, and linguistics and cognitive science, University of Delaware, and coauthor of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool

''Mind in the Making presents some of the most important research that will help every parent teach their children the fundamentals of life. Ellen Galinsky has figured out some of the great mysteries to raising caring, compassionate, well-rounded children. This is a must-read operating manual for any parent!'' --Laurie David, author of Family Dinners and producer of An Inconvenient Truth

''Mind in the Making shows why early learning and development matter more than ever. A highly cogent, remarkably accessible, and important book.'' --Michael Levine, executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center

''Ellen Galinsky has been one of our most thoughtful as well as passionate advocates for children. In this book she assembles the latest fascinating research from the very best scientists in the field and presents it clearly and accurately, in a way that parents and others will find most valuable.'' --Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology, University of California at Berkeley, and author of The Philosophical Child

''This book is the antidote for anxious, busy parents who have limited time. It shows them where to put their effort and focus to ensure their children are prepared to thrive today and in the future.'' --Cali Williams Yost, author of Work + Life: Finding the Fit That's Right for You

Product details

  • File Size: 222 MB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperStudio; 1 edition (April 2, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YL4LC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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