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Title:
What every parent needs to know about 1st, 2nd & 3rd grades : an essential guide to your child's education
Author:
Bickart, Toni S.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Naperville, Ind. : Sourcebooks, Inc.; Washington, D.C.: Teaching Strategies, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
vii, 156 pages: illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Previous ed. 1997.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781402201387
Format :
Book

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Summary

Parents acting as informed consumers can transform our schools. What Every Parent Needs to Know... takes you inside exciting classrooms where children are challenged to become thinkers, problem solvers and enthusiastic leaders. You will learn:

--How children become readers and writers
--How children learn math, science and social studies skills
--How to survive homework
--What the debate over phonics, whole language and invented spellingis all about
--How to best work with your child's teacher


Author Notes

Toni Bickart, Diane Dodge and Judy Jablon have nearly 70 years combined experience in education--as classroom teachers, curriculum developers, authors, teacher mentors, researchers and staff developers. They have collaborated on Building the Primary Classroom, a resource for teachers.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
1. Learning in the Early Gradesp. 1
Questions Parents Ask
What Six-to-Eight Year Olds Are Like
Principles That Make Learning Effective
Why Schools Need to Be Different Today
What to Look For
A Parent's Checklist
How to Get Involved
2. The Best Classroom for Your Childp. 15
The Classroom as a Workplace
The Physical Arrangement of the Classroom
Placement and Accessibility of Materials and Supplies
The Daily Schedule and Routines
Rules
The Classroom as a Community
Making Friends
Respecting Others
Resolving Conflicts
Learning Together
How Parents Can Help
Questions to Ask Your Child's Teacher
3. How Children Become Readersp. 31
What's Involved in Learning to Read
Phonics and Whole Language
Defining the Terms
How the Debate Misses the Point
How Reading Is Taught
How Parents Can Help
Questions to Ask Your Child's Teacher
4. How Children Become Writersp. 45
What's Involved in Learning to Write
How Writing Is Taught
Learning the Mechanics of Writing
Learning to Be Writers
Integrating Writing in Other Content Areas
How Parents Can Help
Questions to Ask Your Child's Teacher
5. How Children Become Mathematical Thinkersp. 59
How Children Learn to Think Mathematically
How Math Is Taught
Using Math Materials
Using Calculators and Computers
Math Throughout the Day
How Parents Can Help
Questions to Ask Your Child's Teacher
6. How Children Learn Social Studiesp. 75
What's Involved in Social Studies
Learning Social Studies Concepts
Learning Social Studies Skills
How Social Studies Is Taught
Long Term Studies and Research
Learning Social Studies in a Classroom Community
How Parents Can Help
Questions to Ask Your Child's Teacher
7. How Children Become Scientific Thinkersp. 89
What's Involved in Scientific Thinking
Using Science Skills
Learning Content Through First-Hand Research
How Science Is Taught
A Study of Living Things
A Study of Energy
Making Science Part of Everyday Life in the Classroom
How Parents Can Help
Questions to Ask Your Child's Teacher
8. How Children's Learning Is Assessedp. 103
The Purposes of Assessment
Assessment Describes Development and Learning
Assessment Helps Children Succeed as Learners
Assessment Enables Teachers to Modify Instruction
Effective Approaches to Assessment
Descriptive Information Is Most Valuable
A Variety of Methods Are Needed
Conferences Are Part of Assessment
What about Conventional Tests
New Federal Requirements for Standards and Assessment
How Parents Can Help
Questions to Ask Your Child's Teacher
9. Helping with Homeworkp. 119
What Is Reasonable
What Should You Expect from Your Child's Teacher
How Parents Can Help
Questions to Ask Your Child's Teacher
Conclusionp. 123
Glossaryp. 125
Developmental Characteristics of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Gradersp. 129
Learning Disabilities, Special Needs, and Inclusionp. 135
Resourcesp. 143
Endnotesp. 147
Indexp. 151