Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids by Dona MatthewsBeyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids by Dona Matthews

Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids

byDona Matthews, Joanne Foster

Paperback | June 27, 2014

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From two internationally recognized experts in the field of gifted education comes this timely exploration of how best to nurture a child's unique gifts, and set them on a path to a happily productive life - in school and beyond.

What is intelligence? Is it really a have or have not proposition, as we've been led to believe? Are some children just destined to fall behind? Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster answer those questions with a resounding "No!" In Beyond Intelligence, they demonstrate that every child has the ability to succeed - with the right support and guidance.

But how can parents provide that support? Matthews and Foster proceed from the assumption that knowledge is power, offering parents an information-packed guide to identifying a child's ability, fostering creativity, and bolstering effort and persistence. Using case studies and anecdotes from their personal and professional experience, they explore different ways of learning; the links between creativity and intelligence; and how to best to provide emotional and social supports. They offer critical advice on how to work co-operatively with schools and educators, and address how to embrace failures as learning opportunities.

Drawing on the latest research in brain development and education theory, Beyond Intelligence is a must-read for today's parents and educators.

Dona Matthews has a Master of Education and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where she was also executive director of the Millennium Dialogue on Early Child Development. She has taught at the University of British Columbia, Ryerson University, Brock University, and was associate professor at Hunter College, City University of Ne...
Title:Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive KidsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:June 27, 2014Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770894772

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once you've finished reading the baby books, blogs and chats ........................ "Beyond Intelligence" should be at the top of your reading list. There are many books out there that will help you learn how to teach your children manners, ABC's etc. But this book is different. It's a guidebook for us - the parents - on how to correctly navigate today's world of parenting. The goal isn't to have the "best" child - the goal is to raise a happy, resilient, confident child - secure in his family - secure in the knowledge that he will be ready to soar and tackle the world. The quizzes and checklists throughout the book are especially helpful - as they give a framework for each chapter, and will be helpful when I go back and review them a year from now, to ensure our family is on track.
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! Beyond Intelligence will go on my bookshelf as one of my all time favourite parenting books. It spoke to me in so many ways and I just couldn't put it down! Matthews and Foster present eye opening material that will help parents to see their children in a new light that is full of promise and success. Every parent and teacher should read this book!
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Excellent! The writing is absolutely masterful - vibrant, rich, warm, smart, accessible. I appreciated the clear and well-labeled organization, and the "Our Secret" section is brilliant, unlike anything I have seen before. This is one of the best books - if not THE best - on the topic that has come out in a long time - JUST the thing that parents - and teachers - and gifted adults seeking to better understand themselves - will want to pick up and read. Beyond Intelligence is, well, beyond excellent!
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for all parents This book is an amazing resource. Foster and Matthews have written an insightful and easy to read guide that is a must for all parents. The book is extremely accessible and on several occasions I have been able to quickly flip to the relevant section for real-time advice. It's terrific - highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book should be on every parent's bookshelf. Insightful, educational, inspiring, and best of all, practical. The suggestions are wise, but - equally important for a busy mom - easy to apply. A must-read.
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An important read for all parents I didn't realise how hard parenting what going to be. Feeling confident in my parenting choices is a big challenge. This book helped me go deeper into what is really important when it comes to raising happy productive children, and provides real life strategies that I can use right away. Thoughtfully written for thoughtful parents. A must read, for sure!
Date published: 2014-06-30

Editorial Reviews

"In this insightful and optimistic guide, Matthews and Foster (coauthors of Being Smart about Gifted Education) explore the premise that all children have the potential to be creative, self-reliant, and innovative thinkers.Parents everywhere will be edified and empowered by this inspiring book." - Publishers Weekly"Matthews and Foster ably translate educational and psychological theory into practical and appropriate recommendations for what parents should say and do in interacting with their child, and especially in interacting with the child's teachers and school(s), in order to foster conditions for optimal learning, growth, and development of self-efficacy." - Michael Matthews, Roeper Review