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RESOURCE BOOKS / Family Engagement

Kaplan's selection of parent involvement books work to provide parents with the tools they need to help children pick up classroom topics at home. Products include books, DVDs, activity kits, and games to help children make connections to their schoolwork.

  • Intellectual Emergencies: Some Reflections on Mothering and Teaching
    Intellectual Emergencies: Some Reflections on Mothering and Teaching
    • Item Number: 16807
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    Lilian Katz has spent many years conducting workshops for teachers, parents, and students all over the world, and during those workshops she has often referred to her son Stephen, and what she has termed the "intellectual emergencies" she experienced during the years he was growing up. Her responses to these "emergencies," the moments when he analyzed her actions and challenged her decisions as a parent and a teacher, are pulled together in this book. With music and words from… More »
  • I Love You Rituals Book
    I Love You Rituals Book
    • Item Number: 10620
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    Seventy-nine interactive activities based on positive messages help children increase their attention spans, reduce hyperactivity, build self esteem, and facilitate language development. The interactions teach children how to be kind and caring using gentle touches. 208 pages.
  • Summer Bridges PreK-K
    Summer Bridges PreK-K
    • Item Number: 10542
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    Help children maintain skills while away from school with this award-winning series and original summer learning program! Daily activities in reading, writing, mathematics, and language arts with bonus activities in science and geography. Also included are full-color flash cards, incentive contract calendars, a certificate of completion, and the Summer Bridge Kids who guide children though their daily exercises.
  • 99 Tips For School Readiness
    99 Tips For School Readiness
    • Item Number: 10595
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    99 Tips for School Readiness is designed to provide simple, developmentally appropriate activities to help children ages four and five get ready for school. The activities progress in difficulty within each skill area and can be used by families or by teachers. Skill areas include: Self-Help, Social-Behavioral, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Language, and Cognitive.
  • Nemours® BrightStart! A Parent's Guide to Reading Readiness (Set of 20)
    Nemours® BrightStart! A Parent's Guide to Reading Readiness (Set of 20)
    • Item Number: 29049P
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    Learning to read is one of the major milestones in a child's life, and it's one that parents worry about. This guide gives parents information on how to support their child on his or her reading journey. Now parents of children, aged three to five years old, have the power to ensure their child becomes a successful reader. Available in English and Spanish. Set of 20 guides.
  • Partnering with Parents
    Partnering with Parents
    • Item Number: 47286
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    At last! A book has finally arrived that takes the worry out of parent-teacher communication. This innovative and original guide makes it easy for preschool teachers to connect with parents and involve them in the learning process using family meetings. Offering a complete plan for every meeting, Partnering With Parents is bursting with helpful tips, strategies, and creative ways to build a connection between home and school.
  • Parent Engagement in Early Learning (Second Edition) - Paperback
    Parent Engagement in Early Learning (Second Edition) - Paperback
    • Item Number: 73957
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    This updated second edition brings to life real scenarios that care providers face in today's world. We know parent engagement is important for a child's success and this book will help you to improve parent-teacher communication, better understand a parent's perspective, discuss child development with families, develop and uphold policies, and involve your director or leader to work well with families. Age focus 0 - 8. Paperback. 202 pages.
  • Ages and Stages: A Parent's Guide
    Ages and Stages: A Parent's Guide
    • Item Number: 61282
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    This resource book offers you the benefits of the most current research on child development, featuring helpful tips and techniques to foster your child's growth.
  • The Welcoming Classroom - Paperback
    The Welcoming Classroom - Paperback
    • Item Number: 28587
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    The children in today's early childhood classroom are more culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse than ever. As a teacher, your challenge is to partner with each family through recognizing their individual strengths, concerns, priorities, and resources. Dr. Johnna Darragh Ernst offers practical ideas for creating a welcoming atmosphere for families that will encourage them to participate in their children's learning community. From improving children's school readiness to encouraging positive… More »
  • Coping with a Picky Eater: A Guide for the Perplexed Parent
    Coping with a Picky Eater: A Guide for the Perplexed Parent
    • Item Number: 28106
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    This fresh, practical, and realistic guide explains to parents how they can avoid mealtime battles with kids aged one to six years, using sensible strategies that will establish a lifetime of healthful eating habits. With cases ranging from the toddler who eats only peanut butter and jelly on white bread to the six-year-old who insists on scrambled eggs and cheese at every meal, pediatrician William G. Wilkoff, M.D., has been counseling picky eaters and their concerned parents for more than twenty… More »
  • Parents Ask, Experts Answer: Nurturing Happy, Healthy Children - Paperback
    Parents Ask, Experts Answer: Nurturing Happy, Healthy Children - Paperback
    • Item Number: 28590
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    Who's the expert on your child? You are! But, what if you need validation? What if you need support? What if you have questions? As a parent, you may assume others have it all figured out-that there is some kind of magic decoder ring or secret handshake that will give you the key to parenting. But, if each child is unique, how can there be a one-size-fits-all guide to parenting? Although no one can has it all figured out, "Parents Ask, Experts Answer" empowers you by offering caring, informed… More »
  • Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
    Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
    • Item Number: 28091
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    Friends broaden our children's horizons, share their joys and secrets, and accompany them on their journeys into ever wider worlds. But friends can also gossip and betray, tease and exclude. Children can cause untold suffering, not only for their peers but for parents as well. In this wise and insightful book, psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph.D., and children's book author Catherine O'Neill Grace, illuminate the crucial and often hidden role that friendship plays in the lives of children from birth… More »
  • Setting Limits With Your Strong-Willed Child
    Setting Limits With Your Strong-Willed Child
    • Item Number: 28089
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    Disruptive misbehavior, constant power struggles, manipulative or aggressive behavior -- the challenges facing parents and teachers of strong-willed children can seem overwhelming at times. This revised and expanded second edition offers the most up-to-date alternatives to punishment and permissiveness -- moving beyond traditional methods that wear you down and get you nowhere, and zeroing in on what really works so parents can use their energy in more efficient and productive ways. With fully updated… More »
  • Building Relationships with Parents and Families in School-Age Programs
    Building Relationships with Parents and Families in School-Age Programs
    • Item Number: 26774
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    This book emphasizes creating positive relationships with parents and families as the foundation for strong, ongoing partnerships between parents and families and after-school programs. This edition includes revised and expanded learning activities and answer guides to reflect current issues and concerns; revised and expanded handouts; enhanced and expanded tools for assessing parent needs and concerns; new and expanded tip sheets for building connections with parents and families; and a selected… More »
  • How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children
    How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children
    • Item Number: 17486
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    Provides an action strategy, including simple planning tools, that helps families become engaged and connected. 168 pages.
  • The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering
    The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering
    • Item Number: 47583
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    The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering shows you how to access the resources and information available to find volunteer opportunities that meet the needs of your family. Whether you have a two-year-old or an eighteen-year-old, you'll find everything you need to know to have a fulfilling and fun volunteer experience, from finding the right opportunity for your family to answers to hesitations you may have. The perfect book for families who want to do good things for their community, spend quality… More »
  • Whining: 3 Steps to Stop It Before the Tears and Tantrums Start
    Whining: 3 Steps to Stop It Before the Tears and Tantrums Start
    • Item Number: 28107
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    It starts with a whimper, an insistent demand, or a certain tone of voice that every parent recognizes with dread -- your child is starting to whine, and if you don't respond properly you'll have a full-blown tantrum or argument on your hands. Kids of all ages know that whining works when they want that extra hour of TV, the unplanned toy purchase, or a later curfew. But stopping such behavior without giving in to a child's demands isn't easy, and if left unchecked, whining can lead to constant… More »
  • A Mind At A Time
    A Mind At A Time
    • Item Number: 28104
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    Dr. Levine shows parents and those who care for children how to identify these individual learning patterns, explaining how they can strengthen a child's abilities and either bypass or help overcome the child's weaknesses, producing positive results instead of repeated frustration and failure. Consistent progress can result when we understand that not every child can do equally well in every type of learning and begin to pay more attention to individual learning patterns -- and individual minds… More »
  • The Price of Privilege
    The Price of Privilege
    • Item Number: 28097
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    In this controversial look at privileged families, Madeline Levine offers thoughtful, practical advice as she explodes one child-rearing myth after another. With empathy and candor, she identifies parenting practices that are toxic to healthy self-development and that have contributed to epidemic levels of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse in the most unlikely place -- the affluent family. Paperback. 256 pages.
  • The Baby Book
    The Baby Book
    • Item Number: 28092
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    The classic guide of the post-Dr. Spock generation has been revised to include the latest information on virtually every aspect of infant and baby care. "The Baby Book" is unrivaled in its scope and authority, and presents a practical, contemporary approach to parenting that reflects the way we live today. Focusing on the essential needs of babies -- eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort -- it addresses the questions of greatest concern to parents. The Searses acknowledge… More »
  • Around the Family Table - Paperback
    Around the Family Table - Paperback
    • Item Number: 19463
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    "Around the Family Table" contains 365 intriguing questions guaranteed to spark lively discussions between parents and children. Families can establish a valuable, enriching tradition of spirited mealtime conversation that will bring them closer with every question. Paperback. 160 pages.
  • Banish Boredom: Activities to Do with Kids That You'll Actually Enjoy
    Banish Boredom: Activities to Do with Kids That You'll Actually Enjoy
    • Item Number: 81384
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    Author, Rebecca Green, takes readers on an inspiring journey using beautiful color photos that she took of her children doing activities she describes in the book. This book takes a lighthearted approach to the serious business of parenting, and helps parents find activities that they enjoy, while their children learn and have fun. Green suggests ways for parents to maintain their own identities and pursue their own interests while raising children who are creative, confident, and independent thinkers.… More »
  • Zen Parenting
    Zen Parenting
    • Item Number: 17256
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    Zen Parenting offers practical insights into using the Zen practice of non-judgmental awareness to deal with the day-to-day chaos and joy of parenting.The short story format allows readers to easily grasp and apply Zen concepts in their own lives. 144 pages.
  • Go Anywhere Games for Babies
    Go Anywhere Games for Babies
    • Item Number: 10025
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    Nearly 70 fun games designed to play on the bus, in the waiting room, at the park, or right at home. Written by the best-selling baby game author Jackie Silberg, it's printed on extra-heavy coated paper for maximum durability, and uses a special binding that lies flat on any surface-even a parent's knee! Sections include games for babies birth to 3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months, plus a bonus section of going-to-sleep games.

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