A primer for parents with young students Of consuming interest

June 28, 1998

"What Every Parent Needs to Know About 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grades," by Toni S. Bickart, Diane Trister Dodge and Judy R. Jablon. Sourcebooks, 1997; $12.95; 166 pages. (To order, call 800-43-BRIGHT.)

Three educators researched what works and what is outdated in today's schools.

Full of useful information and practical resources, this book empowers parents with knowledge and competence to become advocates for their child's early education.

The authors provide clear descriptions about developmental stages of early learning, and their book includes a checklist so parents can compare their child's classroom to effective learning principles. The book also includes pertinent questions for parents to ask.

Chapters include how children learn in each of the major subject areas (reading, mathematics, writing, science and social studies) and provide suggestions on ways parents can help. The book also contains descriptions of new methods that involve children in active learning, crucial skills for succeeding in today's workplace. Just about everything parents need to know - from assessing their child's skills to helping with homework - is discussed in this helpful resource work. This book tops my list of "must haves" for those with children in the primary grades.

-- reviewed by Susan Rapp, Village Reading Center

Pub Date: 6/28/98

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