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Going to school : how to help your child succeed, a handbook for parents of children ages 3-8
Ramey, Sharon L.
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New York : Goddard Press, [1999]

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x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
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LB1139.35.P37 R36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A landmark book for parents on why, when, and how to prepare children for going to school and how to support them in the critical early school years. This book is based on the Ramsey's twenty years of research, including their just-completed National Transition-to-School Demonstration Project, which involved over 8,000 children from kindergarten through third grade.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

All those in pursuit of a "worldclass education and a lifetime of good school memories" for their children will find abundant advice and hand-holding in this sensible guide. Drawing in part upon their recent congressionally funded study, the Rameys (coauthors of Right from Birth) present the view that family environment influences children's successful schooling at least as much as schools and teachers. The Rameys gently lead parents through the various aspects of supporting a child's schooling, such as fostering good social skills, choosing a school, establishing family routines and assessing academic progress. Their specific recommendations are nicely subtle yet informative ("a step forward and then a pause, or step back" is normal in a child's development). Somewhat tiresome, though, are the authors' apparent reverence for research and their occasional deviation into hyperconscious parenting. While discussing the importance of creating a special space for study, for example, they mention: "To our knowledge, however, no one has studied this aspect of family life over time or in adequate detail." The Rameys do offer valuable chapters on the learning process and educational theory, and they include numerous tables listing guidelines and resources. Parents with good intentions but limited educational and child-rearing experience will benefit most from this motivating, albeit somewhat overwhelming, handbook. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

Going to School provides all the guidelines parents and future teachers need as children pass through the early academic years. This guidebook covers the early preschool years and shows how best to prepare a child according to developmental theory-based research. Secrets of success based on the authors' research and that of others encompass interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that are developed through family support. The book focuses on what families can do to enhance and ensure children's' academic success during early childhood and elementary school years, through both at-home strategies and involvement at school. Important approaches are presented for choosing an appropriate school, interacting effectively with teachers and other school personnel, and interpreting the results of children's academic endeavors. Also included are overviews of the history of education, the importance of language and reading skills, and essential social skills. A final chapter focuses on the individuality of the child and emphasizes the strengths of each child while allowing for uniqueness in an accepting environment. Written as a guidebook for parents, this resource will also be invaluable to students of early childhood and elementary education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. M. F. Russo; Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania