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School sense : how to help your child succeed in elementary school
Chin, Tiffani.
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Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Santa Monica Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
334 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Twenty-six million American families have elementary school-aged children. Many of these parents are plagued with a wide range of questions and doubts about how to help their children succeed in school: How do I choose the best school for my child? Do good parents have to join the PTO? What's the best way to request a particular teacher? What should I ask in a parent-teacher conference? How can I convince my child not to do homework in front of the TV? What do I do if my child isn't being challenged at school? How can I help my child get organized so he doesn't forget to do his homework?

Some families eventually learn the answers to these questions through trial and error, but for many, this information trickles in too slowly to optimally benefit their children. School Sense: How to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School gives parents a head start by providing them with the information they need to make the most of their children's elementary school experience.

Author Notes

Tiffani Chin , Ph.D., is the coauthor of Tutoring Matters: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About How to Tutor . She is the recipient of the Spencer Foundation Fellowship for Research in Education. Her research focuses on children's experiences in schools and has led her to spend 3,000 hours observing in elementary school classrooms, interviewing parents and students, and observing parent-teacher conferences.Tiffani is also the founder of EdBoost, a nonprofit corporation that provides educational services to families. She lives in Los Angeles.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Most parents, despite their best intentions, are ill equipped to help their children devise pie charts, write book reports, stick to a homework schedule, calm themselves before taking tests, take notes and deal with the many other potentially intimidating aspects of elementary school education. That's where Chin's valuable book comes in: the author, who founded EdBoost, a nonprofit corporation that provides educational services to families, has a dozen years of experience researching tutoring and education, and her extensive knowledge adds an authoritative edge to this handbook, which primarily deals with academics but also covers discipline and other social aspects of elementary school. Chin's first solo effort after coauthoring Tutoring Matters explains virtually everything parents need to know to help their kids flourish from kindergarten to their departure for middle school. Chapters focus on choosing a school; getting involved (in parent-teacher conferences, volunteering, etc.); helping with homework, reports and projects; pursuing enrichment activities parents and children can do at home; and handling special situations, like gifted and talented education and learning disabilities. Chin takes a "more is more" approach, and she acknowledges that parents should take her recommendations with a grain of salt. But even if they adhere to just a portion of her sage, sincere advice, children will benefit. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Homework help, standardized testing, parent-teacher conferences, lack of school motivation, and special education are some of the topics covered in these books. Former elementary school teacher Van Vleet offers parents simple remedies to the most common problems. Her book reads quickly, and her suggestions make sense. Unfortunately, a scanty table of contents and the complete absence of an index do not allow readers to search efficiently for the discussion of specific problems. Vuko's Teacher Says, which expands on her Washington Post column of the same name, treats these issues in greater detail. Vuko describes how to develop a personal plan to help children study and write reports. Given her tendency to suggest professional help (e.g., professional organizers), her book seems targeted to a more privileged crowd. Meanwhile, in School Sense, Chin tries to reach parents who have few resources, minimal time, and a small budget. The index and detailed table of contents make searching easy. Chin's considerable insight comes from 12 years of tutoring and many hours of classroom observation and research. Chin's book is highly recommended for all public libraries; Van Vleet's and Vuko's are optional purchases.-Maryse Breton, Ann Arbor, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.