The Three R's Package Edition
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- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0940319063
- ISBN-13 : 978-0940319066
- Dimensions : 8.65 x 5.64 x 0.38 inches
- Publisher : Arrow Press; Package edition (September 1, 1991)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,175,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Someone complained that the book "...did not teach you how to teach your child..." or "...short and rambling...workbooks were better..." and while they are entitled to have their opinion maybe they missed the point. I have had the books two (2) days now and based on the advice (based on theories) I am very impressed with the information the book does put forward.
1. The book describes different methods, especially those of the standard preschool and primary school and critiques methods based on philosophies, theories, and research. In some instances, she said "...the fact that they can does not necessarily mean they should." and provides reasons to support her methods.
2. The book seems logically laid out, building information in each section as a teacher would any student. And could be read specifically for particular child's age as the methods are in progressive steps/stages.
3. This book is not a workbook. The book encourages parents to develop an attitude of education in everyday life with their child(ren): "Use real life for teaching."; "Real life is daily. It is close at hand. It offers the best learning opportunities your child will ever have."; "Pushing does not work"; "...begin...at a young age...". It also mentioned that the strategies taken by workbooks use a backward approach (i.e. with reference to learning modes) and could lead to frustration of the child.
I purchased the book because I wanted my daughter to start doing Math: 2+3=5. But having read the book, I realize that this stage is the last stage of the learning modes (symbolic mode) and as a preschooler I should get her more involved and comfortable with counting and moving real objects (manipulative mode). "Symbolic thinking doesn't happen overnight. We need to give our children time....We should not start arithmetic teaching with 3+2=____." [lol...exactly what I had planned]. It mentioned teaching addition and subtraction initially with numbers whose sum is not more than 6.
The book talks about pushing children beyond their capability to satisfy the parents' ego "It usually is not the baby who shows any readiness or eagerness to learn to read early, but it is too often an over-anxious mother pushing for it.".
I remember my Mom getting sea shells for my sisters and I to count because we could not afford workbooks (or even have the variety present in today's market). We also got paper to write almost endlessly, we were writing scribbles! At the end of each day my Dad would go through our writing and find letters and ask us to identify them if we could. Seems their approach was closer to the point! The book also suggests everyday activities for the parent and child that would help build the skills in The Three R's, with guidance on how to increase difficulty with mastery. I usually give my daughter a jockey-back from the bed to the living room on mornings. From my readings last night, I learnt that "Every day a portion of our children's conversations and problems should involve numbers and other arithmetic concepts: big, small, long, high. Comparisons. Measurements. Counting." So this morning she had to count down from 5 to 1 for me to `lift off' the bed and from 1 to 5 for me to `land' on the couch. And yes in preschool they practice counting from 1 to 30 and I won't change that, but I can change how she feels about The Three R's from home.
I have not read the entire book - my daughter is in preschool starting Grade K next term. So I read sections applicable to her age and just a little ahead so I can know what signs (questions, behavior, etc.) may be signaling that she is ready to move on.
I hope the publisher is not annoyed that I used so many quotes, but I was impressed.
Read this knowing it is not a curriculum guide. There are no lesson plans included (though there are games/activities for each level of reading, writing, math discussed). This approach relies on real life experience, real books and writing with actual meaning to the student, and common sense...it will not look like a public school or packaged curriculum. It is not fancy, and there are no gimmicks or step by step instructions. Those who will appreciate this work are those who recognize the power in simplicity and can make some decisions about WHAT to teach on their own.