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Teaching Your Child to Love Learning

A Guide to Doing Projects at Home

Judy Harris Helm Stacy Berg Pam Scranton

176 pages
Teachers College Press

Do you want to raise children who love to learn? Maybe you are simply looking for a way to unplug your child from the TV or video games? Just by reading this book, you will be taking a proactive step in providing your child with meaningful experiences that will result in growth and plenty of family fun!

The “project approach” has long been a tremendous tool for educators working with young children. In this book, three experienced teachers show parents, grandparents, and other caregivers how to do meaningful and exciting projects in their home and community. Featuring many photos of children doing project work, this volume:

  • Thoroughly explains the benefits to both you and your child of doing projects together.
  • Helps you transform your home into a place to learn, including guidance for collecting and storing materials, making time for projects, and documenting your child’s work.
  • Presents the stories of seven projects that were done by children with the support of a parent or grandparent: Maude the Dog Project, Slime Project, Caterpillar Project, Race Car Project, Mexican Bakery Project, Horse Project, and Bus Project.
  • Shows appropriate expectations and how to coach and build your child’s skills in reading and writing, mathematical development, scientific thinking, and more.
  • Provides ideas for adapting the project approach for use in family daycare centers, home schooling, and gifted education.
Author Bio

Judy Harris Helm, who owns her own educational consulting company, is a bestselling author of numerous books on early childhood education and the mother of two grown girls who thrived on project work;, Stacy Berg is Director of the Northminster Learning Center and the mother of an infant, a preschooler, and a kindergartener; , and Pam Scranton is a preschool teacher and the mother of a teenager and two elementary school age boys..