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Your Child's Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence Paperback – May 25, 2004
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“A sane and readable guide to the burgeoning literature on human development. I particurly liked the discussions on the perils of superbabying and on the fostering of creativity.” —Dr. Howard Gardner, author of Frames of My Mind and The Mind’s New Science
"Dr. Healy has done it again with Your Child's Growing Mind. Noboday Makes child development and it's practical applications so clear and readable. A must for parents." –Michael Brody, M.D., Chair of The Television and Media Committee of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"This book became an instant classic when it was published in 1987, and has been a cornerstone for educators ever since. Now revised and updated to reflect recent findings in brain research, this book guides parents, teachers, and caregivers as they gauge the level of development of an individual child's brain." –Ingram
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Hailed by parents and educators, "Your Child's Growing Mind is a window into the fascinating process of brain development and learning. It looks at the roots of emotion, intelligence, and creativity, translating the most current scientific research into practical suggestions for parents and teachers.
Dr. Healy also addresses academic learning, offering countless suggestions for how parents can help without pushing. She explains the building blocks of reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics and shows how to help youngsters of all ages develop motivation, attention, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Using the science of childhood development, she also examines today's hot issues, including learning disabilities, ADHD, influences of electronic media, and the hazards of forced early learning. From infancy to adolescence, this is the perfect guide to helping and enjoying a youngster's mental, personal, and academic growth.
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Most of her conclusions are from her own anecdotal experiences. The problem with this is that she works with children with reading difficulties which likely has skewed her view on the subject. That is, she sees when there are problems, but, what about the children who are successful at learning to read at a young age? She will not have had a chance to meet these children.
One particular example she gave was of a mother who tried to teach her young daughter to read and did not allow her to make mistakes. The child, understandably, was terrified of reading. But, was it the early teaching or the mother's attitude that caused this girl's reading problems? I think it is obvious this girl would have been terrified of reading at any age.
She did have some good points and I agree that children should not be forced into learning. I think most parents, and experts for that matter, think of teaching as laborious, boring, and tedious for which young kids do not have the attention span. Clearly if this is how you teach your child then you should not do it. But, if you do it in a relaxed, fun, child lead way then young children are not only capable of learning, but they eat it up.
After reading this book I happened to read an article written by Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, on early reading. He taught his son to read starting just before he turned two and his son is now quite advanced for his age.Read more ›
I assigned it to my teens for part of the homeschooling program, and they enjoyed it so much they recommend it to friends, too.
Jane Healy writes well, and she makes a lot of sense. Reading this book also helped us understand why one of our children has some of the learning issues she has. I just can't recommend it highly enough.
As a first time mom in the "information age" I have found myself googling child milestones far too often - which mainly makes me feel like my child isn't "smart enough" or that in order for him to be "gifted" he should already be doing x, y, or z. Also, it is easy to begin comparing my little boy to other children, boys and girls alike, and drawing unfair conclusions.
This book has made me step back and realize what a waste of time that is. My gut is correct - my child is smart! - and that he is on his own timetable, with his own strengths and interests. This book really dispels the belief that "reading" or "counting" super early is "better". And it shows you why forcing that type of learning on your child before they are ready can do more harm than good. Exposing your child to different experiences, both in play and in formal instruction is more valuable than rote learning. No matter their learning style, every child is capable, intelligent, and curious. This book talks about how to engage your child in ways that boost his confidence while strengthening weaknesses to achieve overall balance. I love the specific and practical tips for creating an enriching environment for your child's developing mind.
Since reading this book, I have made a marked effort to stop comparing my son to other children who appear to be light years ahead in certain areas. It simply isn't fair, isn't healthy, and isn't celebrating what my child can do. I look forward to being an active participant in the unfolding of my child's mental development.
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I was disappointed in this book. She offers many of her opinions as facts, but offers no research to back up her assertions. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gaye
This is more of a text book then a book. very interesting information in here if you want to get into the science of your childs mind. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Christopher Quinn
Mike Samuel recommended Your Child's Growing Mind to me, and while it was a good read, it's written in a verbose fashion, full of useless anecdotes that don't reflect research... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Piaw Na
This book should be required reading for teachers and parents. As a teacher, I will alter part of my instruction based on the ideas here.Published on May 25, 2014 by A
Fantastic book that was recommended by my mother, who is an educational psychologist. Dr. Jane Healy was her inspiration. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Lindsey