Child Of Our Time: Early Learning

Child of Our Time
by Tessa Livingstone

What makes us intelligent, resourceful, creative, and flexible? Our minds are shaped not only by our genes, but also by the knowledge we gain when we are young. Newborn babies are often eager to learn but, by the time they start school five years later, many have already lost their enthusiasm for learning. So what can we do to hone our children’s skills? How do we improve their motivation, concentration, and intelligence? Can we accelerate learning? And what happens when your child has learning difficulties? Dr. Tessa Livingstone answers all of these difficult questions and more in this useful and informative study. She shows how we can equip our children with the skills that will help them to excel at learning, thinking, and remembering. Drawing on cutting-edge research in neurology, psychology, genetics, and sociology, Dr. Livingstone arms parents with the best learning strategies for all personality types and shows how television, video games, and computers can be used to enhance intelligence.

Child of Our Time
by Tessa Livingstone

In 2005 the children from the BBC’s groundbreaking Child of Our Time television series reach an important milestone as they turn five years old. Now familiar to millions of viewers who have watched their progress from birth, they have become an invaluable source of inspiration to thousands of parents who are themselves bringing up young children. covers all the principal issues raised in the series and a great deal more besides. Society is changing so fast that childhood is not the same now as it was a generation ago, and parents face choices and problems very different from those of their parents or grandparents. Tessa Livingstone, who has worked on the series since its inception and is a mother of two, has brought together a wealth of expert knowledge. The result is an indispensable source of solid information and reassuring guidance to help everyone achieve what is every parent’s wish: the best for their child. confident is your child? Such fundamental questions are discussed at every stage of development, together with issues such as personality, siblings, love, learning, anger, friendship, gender, self-awareness, success, ambition and empathy. Interspersed with the text are games, fun tests and questionnaires to help parents see themselves and their children as individuals with unique needs and gifts. It will help them cope with the many issues over which they have little control, and guide them through those where they can influence and affect their young child’s life for the better.

Early Years Work-Based Learning
by Penny Farrelly

This book supports students on foundation degrees and degrees in Early Years and Early Childhood Studies that have a work-based element. An essential introduction to becoming a professional in the sector, it begins by looking at work-based learning and goes on to cover study, research skills and essential subject knowledge. It includes activities to help students increase their confidence and get the most out of their course. Essential information on Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) considers the current scene and the future of the sector.

Could Do Better!
by Phil Beadle

Phil Beadle is a former rock musician, the winner of the Secondary Teacher of the Year Award 2005, and the inspirational teacher who wowed the nation with his unorthodox teaching methods in Channel 4 series THE UNTEACHABLES. There, his bizarre but effective approach to teaching English included Punctuation Kung-Fu, and reciting Macbeth to a field of cows. Through techniques such as these Beadle seemingly achieved the impossible by successfully drawing out the desire to learn from a group of failing pupils.

Now his focus is on spreading the word to parents: every child has the ability to learn, and to do better at school. In this book he tells parents that there is no such thing as a stupid child, only boring lessons. Intelligent, unconventional, humorous and inspirational, this hands-on guide blends personal anecdotes with the nitty gritty of how to best unlock your children’s unique intelligence, and how to ensure they have the best possible chance to succeed at school.


Miss Spider’s ABC
by David Kirk

As each letter of the alphabet is presented, the preparations for Miss Spider’s big birthday bash are put in place, in this brightly illustrated board book for preschoolers. By the creator of Miss Spider’s Tea Party.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
by Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox, Elaine Bruner

With more than half a million copies in print, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is the definitive guide to giving your child the reading skills needed now for a better chance at tomorrow, while bringing you and your child closer together.

Is your child halfway through first grade and still unable to read? Is your preschooler bored with coloring and ready for reading? Do you want to help your child read, but are afraid you’ll do something wrong?

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a complete, step-by-step program that shows patents simply and clearly how to teach their children to read.

Twenty minutes a day is all you need, and within 100 teaching days your child will be reading on a solid second-grade reading level. It’s a sensible, easy-to-follow, and enjoyable way to help your child gain the essential skills of reading. Everything you need is here—no paste, no scissors, no flash cards, no complicated directions—just you and your child learning together. One hundred lessons, fully illustrated and color-coded for clarity, give your child the basic and more advanced skills needed to become a good reader.


Disability Across the Developmental Life Span
by Julie Smart, PhD

This is the only text to provide comprehensive coverage of human growth and development, a requirement mandated by the Council of Rehabilitation Education (CORE) for a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and for Licensed Professional Counselor certification. Written by an eminent leader in the field of disability studies, this book reflects a significant change in perceptions of individuals with disabilities from being defined foremost by their disability to being viewed as normal individuals with a disability. It provides an understanding of traditional human growth and development that will enhance the practice of disability counseling by enabling an understanding of a client’s childhood and prior life experiences.

The book begins with a focus on developmental theories and tasks, followed by a discussion of cultural and ethical considerations in human development. It considers the major theories of human development as they relate to people with and without disabilities, and career theories with a focus on the concept of choice. The book addresses specific developmental stages including a description of developmental tasks, risks, disability applications, specific disabilities common to a particular stage, and cultural and ethical issues, all supported by case examples.

Key Features:

  • Fulfills the required CORE mandated course on human growth and development and the disability experience
  • Addresses disability across the lifespan in relation to developmental stages
  • Authored by highly a respected expert in disability studies

Exploring Early Years Education and Care
by Linda Miller, Rose Drury, Robin Campbell

This textbook has been developed and written in response to the huge changes in the Early Years sector. It will encourage students to go beyond the basics, to explore and research issues in more depth, and to take a critical and reflective approach to their practice.

The book takes full account of the curriculum framework and the Foundation Stage for early years; it also acknowledges the National Literacy Strategy and the National Numeracy Strategy. Exploring Issues in Early Years Education and Care enables readers to go beyond a basic, introductory level and introduces the key issues in early childhood education and care such as researching young children; the place of work in early childhood; reducing inequalities in child health; and comparative perspectives in early childhood literacy.

Although rooted firmly in practice and with a UK focus, the text introduces controversial issues and takes a look beyond the UK.

This book comes from the team that wrote the best-selling Looking at Early Years Education and Care. The contributors’ wide range of backgrounds in early years health and education ensures that the text will meet the needs of students and tutors on many different early years and early primary courses, as well as reflective practitioners working in a range of Early Years settings.


Social Skills in the Early Years
by Kay Mathieson

`It is an easy read, and a really useful resource for all levels of early years staff, focusing on key areas such as social, language and self-esteem skills in young children. It is particularly useful, too, for anyone working in early years education who has no care experience’ – Sure Start

`there is much to draw on, especially references to the language that practitioners use, the importance of being reflective and conflict being seen as an opportunity for learning. This book… can be a useful reference for practitioners and Level 2/3 tutors to dip into’ – Under 5

`This book will be invaluable for anyone wishing to improve or update their understanding of children’s social and behavioural learning – whether experienced or newly qualified practitioners’ – Early Education

`This book would be a valuable training aid for those who deliver social and behavioural training in the early years’ – Nursery World

Do you need to help the young children in your care improve their social, emotional and behavioural skills? This user-friendly book will offer you suggested strategies and sensible advice, based on what is realistic and achievable in practice.

The book offers guidance on the following:

} social skills

} language skills

} self-esteem

} offering both education and care within the OfSTED Framework

} implementing relevant government legislation (Birth to Three Matters, the Foundation Stage Curriculum, the revised SEN Code of Practice, the Disability Discrimination Act)

} delivering training – trainers’ notes and photocopiable resources are included.

Class teachers, nursery managers, playgroup workers, SENCOs, EYDCPs, early years students and every professional working with young children aged from 0 to five years in an education and care context will find this book useful.


The Early Years Communication Handbook
by Janet Cooper

A comprehensive and practical guide to creating a communication friendly setting and improving young children’s speaking and listening skills. This easy-to-read title offers expert advice on: delivering high-quality language provision for babies, toddlers and young children, creating a communication friendly environment and observing listening and speaking skills, what children should be attaining at different stages, including the under-threes

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