Megaskills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond: Building Your Child's Happiness and Success for Life by Dorothy RichMegaskills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond: Building Your Child's Happiness and Success for Life by Dorothy Rich

Megaskills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond: Building Your Child's Happiness and Success for Life

byDorothy Rich, Beverly Mattox

Paperback | January 1, 2009

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Over 300,000 Megaskills books sold - A breakthrough new MegaSkills book - the first of its kind for developing character and achievement in the early years

"This new book continues the key MegaSkills commitment to showing how parents can work with their children at home to help them learn."
Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense fun

For more than 20 years the MegaSkills program has taught parents how to help their children develop the abilities and values essential for success in school and in life. Now, nationally respected educators Dorothy Rich and Beverly Mattox show you how to start building MegaSkills before children reach school age.

Specially designed for ages one through six, MegaSkills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond gives you hands-on techniques and kid-friendly activities to teach the 12 MegaSkills:

  • Confidence
  • Motivation
  • Effort
  • Responsibility
  • Initiative
  • Perseverance
  • Caring
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-Solving
  • Common Sense
  • Focus
  • Respect

Along with the age-specific activities, this guide contains:

  • Activities for children with disabilities
  • How to get the best from technology
  • MegaSkills measures for parents
  • A wealth of additional resources

"These inventive 'recipes' for parent-child activities build competence and confi dence and character, helping parents help their children make the most of childhood's earliest years."
Judith Viorst, author of Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrifc Ninety Days

Title:Megaskills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond: Building Your Child's Happiness and Success for LifeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.72 × 7.56 × 0.45 inShipping dimensions:8.72 × 7.56 × 0.45 inPublished:January 1, 2009Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1402212143

ISBN - 13:9781402212147

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Excerpt from Chapter 1: What This book is About and Why It's Important "The child supplies the power, but the parents have to do the steering." - Benjamin Spock When parents and teachers across the world are asked what they want for their children, their answers center on the cornerstones of character and achievement: responsibility, dependability, curiosity, eagerness to learn, self-discipline, sensitivity to others, and willingness to work hard. So, where are the "recipes" to teach these attitudes and behaviors? They are here, in this book. Everyone says our kids have to know more. To try to make this happen, preschool and school curriculums are being pushed down from first grade to kindergarten, some from third grade to first. This is the wrong way to go. Sure, many of our children can learn more than they are currently learning, but driving the usual curriculum down younger and younger is not a winning solution. Using traditional curricula keyed to test scores ignores the basic prerequisites for character and achievement that our kids need to learn at home. That's what this book offers - the basics that can be learned easily and naturally before children are school age, so that when they go to school, they go with abilities well beyond the alphabet and counting to ten. Having taught MegaSkills to school age children for over twenty years, we have been urged to create MegaSkills for children starting at age one and moving to school entry. This program is not designed to create "little Einsteins." It is designed to create curious, positive learners. MegaSkills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond is the result of our tested experience and is a response to children's learning needs today, which are greater than the learning needs of yesterday.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Marguerite Kelly

Chapter One: What This Book Is About and Why It's Importan
Chapter Two: Getting Started
Chapter Three: Understanding MegaSkills
Chapter Four: Starting Out: Ages 1-2 Years
Chapter Five: Keeping Going: Ages 2-3 Years
Chapter Six: Sailing Along: Ages Advanced 2-3 Years
Chapter Seven: Moving Forward: Ages 3-4 Years
Chapter Eight: Taking Big Steps: Ages 4-5 Years
Chapter Nine: Opening School Doors: Ages 5-6 Years
Chapter Ten: Look, Listen, and Do MegaSkills
Chapter Eleven: Tech Tips
Chapter Twelve: MegaSkills Measures

Appendix A: MegaSkills Activities Across the Age Levels
Appendix B: Our MegaSkills Activities Calendar
Appendix C: The MegaSkills Early Childhood Library
Appendix D: Finding Resources and Help on Websites
Appendix E: MegaSkills Impact: The Need and the Evidence

Acknowledgments
About the Authors