ERIC Number: ED258685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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Smart Times: A Parent's Guide to Quality Time with Preschoolers.
Burtt, Kent Garland
Containing over 200 quality time activities for preschool-age children and their parents, "Smart Times" is designed to promote the development of children's physical, social, and cognitive skills and to help parents and children enjoy each other's company more. Recipes for fun and learning are provided to stimulate imagination, promote close rapport, or educate intellectually. Choices range from cooking, painting, and let's-pretend scenarios to rowdy roughhousing and quiet in-the-lap play. Ideas for inspiring a good conversation between parent and offspring are offered, as are suggestions for ways to make a child's bedtime a time for importing love, happiness, and guidance. Icebreakers designed to involve everyone when grandparents or cousins visit are also suggested. Finally, there are educationally based recommendations for teaching early reading, writing, and arithmetic skills. The subject matter includes such important areas of early learning as art, music, fantasy, listening, talking, physical exercise, spiritual development, understanding one another, fine motor skills, beginning academics. The book ends with a brief discussion of how to use disks for the home computer to introduce young children to numerical concepts. Each of the 23 chapters starts with a brief overview of a particular category of play; then a dozen or so specific activities in that category follow. Within each chapter the activities progress from easier to more difficult. (RH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Creative Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Games, Emotional Development, Family Life, Guidelines, Learning Activities, Learning Experience, Moral Values, Parent Child Relationship, Parents, Prereading Experience, Preschool Children, Quality of Life, Writing Skills
Harper and Row, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022 (Cloth--ISBN-0-06-015287-7; $17.95; Paper--ISBN-0-06-091124-7, $8.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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