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Overview Presents hands-on exercises and activities intended to teach preschool-age children independence, a sense of order, concentation, self-control, and similar basic skills.
Publishers Description In Mommy, Teach Me author Barbara Curtis, a mother of 12 shares secrets on how to turn everyday experiences into learning opportunities for preschool children. Designed as a user-friendly educational program, this book is filled with interactive exercises for parents to implement with their littlest ones at home. They will discover that while playing, drawing, and just being a kid, children can also be practicing muscle control, concentration, orderliness, and other basic skills that will help them with later education and all throughout life. Mike Yorkey, former editor of Focus on the Family magazine, and Dennis Rainey, executive director of FamilyLife, both praise Mommy, Teach Me as a great resource for any parent or grandparent.
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Studio: B&H Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 7.17" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher Broadman And Holman
Grade Level Pre School
ISBN 0805444769 ISBN13 9780805444766
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More About Barbara Curtis
Barbara Curtis, mother of 12 and grandmother of 12 (so far!), has published nine books - including Lord, Please Meet Me in the Laundry Room and The Mommy Survival Guide. She is also an award-winning columnist with over 1200 published articles in 60 publications, including Focus on the Family, World, Guideposts, The Washington Times and the Washington Post. In 2005, seeking a more immediate connection with readers, Barbara began blogging at MommyLife.net under the banner: Montessori megamom serves up a smorgasbord of parenting, cultural, political and spiritual wisdom. Because she can. MommyLife now averages 8000 visits per day and has earned several blog awards. With five children still at home and one in college, Barbara and her husband Tripp continue their parenting adventure in northern Virginia. In 2004 they received the Congressional Angel in Adoption Award. Barbara originally became a Montessori teacher to change the world one child at a time. Now she hopes to change it by unburdening, encouraging and equipping women to find joy in the calling of motherhood
Barbara Curtis currently resides in Waterford, in the state of Virginia. Barbara Curtis was born in 1948.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mommy, Teach Me: Preparing Your Preschool Child for a Lifetime of Learning?
huge help! Mar 21, 2010
I have always loved kids, and I even love teaching, but I never knew what the heck to do with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. When my oldest was almost two I decided I should probably start learning fast, and this is the book that caught my eye first. It's helped me so much to have a better understanding of how small children learn, what they need to learn, and how to teach them. The author has a very charming writing style, and her approach is very practical and doable. Highly recommend it.
Mommy, Teach Me! Jan 23, 2010
I am new to homeschooling and wanted some resources that would be helpful for how to begin the process of teaching our young ones. This book gave many great ideas for preparing preschoolers for more formal schooling using the montessori approach to learning. Would recommend!
Don't Waste Your $ Jul 3, 2009
I have read tons of books on educating preschoolers, and this one is the worst. The suggested activities are nothing that I couldn't think of on my own. If you are an evangelical christian, you may enjoy the first half of the book a lot more than I do.
A Book that Fills the Need! Jul 15, 2008
I love how Maria Montessori really recognized the potential of a child in learning. She recognized the absorbent mind at the young ages, and illustrated how there are different sensitive periods of learning. It's easy to recognize how children need the tangible, sensory types of learning at a young age. She really did see the beautiful gifts of a young child, and tried to respect the child.
I am so excited that I found the missing link for me for incorporating Montessori approach in the home for the younger ages. I bought Mommy, Teach Me! and Mommy, Teach Me to Read! Both are slim volumes, packed with encouragement and information, but not intimidating or overwhelming. I would say she's a modern Elizabeth Hainstock, but makes the Montessori in the home even more parent friendly and less intimidating and scientific. The emphasis isn't about making one's own materials, like Hainstock, but more about making it all approachable and doable for mothers in the home.
Mrs. Curtis is a mother of twelve and homeschools her children and does understand the needs of a child and busy SAH moms. She had AMI training and taught Montessori in the classroom. She shares her knowledge and experience with other parents. She recognizes the role of God and our spiritual lives in education.
Mommy, Teach Me! explains your preschooler can thrive at home because "The Best Teacher is Forever"..."The Best Classroom Has No Walls"..."The Best Instruction Doesn't Stop at Noon"...and "The Best Foundation is Love."
This isn't a purist Montessori approach, but a gentle family friendly approach. Mrs. Curtis gently describes how to present to a child, but that presentations aren't just those 3 hour periods, but all day -life -- with the child. I totally recognize that when I teach my children, I'm also learning, probably five times more. I'm learning to be calm, deliberate, patient, gentle, leading but not forceful. I'm learning to be a better parent. Of course I'm a work in progress, but her books do give me encouragement! I'm also learning self-discipline by creating order and to help my sons thrive.
The presentations in this book cover the basic exercises like pouring, using tongs, sequencing, etc. They are recognizable as simple Montessori presentations, but in a friendly home environment, not segregated from family life. She has lots of applicable ideas in shopping trips, laundry, and other daily chores. The other chapters cover Manipulatives, Imaginative Play, Beginning Math, Science, Geography, Fine Arts, and Spiritual Life.
The previous negative reviewer must not have been familiar with any Montessori, because she would have recognized the practical life and simple exercises found in all Montessori classrooms. And ask any child if pouring rice or beans is different than water, and they would say yes! Each skill is built on...you wouldn't want to start with water with a small child who has never done any pouring.
And all these exercises are building up hand motions, eye-hand coordinations, left-to-right movements as building blocks in learning to read and write.
I highly recommend this book and her "Mommy, Teach me to Read!" books to help any parent realize that teaching isn't just a professional's job, and learning happens especially in the home and the family, not in classrooms.
Activities in a Vacuum May 23, 2008
Horrible--I would not recommend wasting the time it takes to read this book. I read it front to back because I like to give a book its full due, but it was truly difficult to get through. Unlike the other reviewers, I did not find tons of useful advice and great activities. What I did find was a list of fine motor skills activities that were booooooooooring. As a teacher with 15 years' experience, I know that I can outdo this book's suggestions with one hand tied behind my back. the book also leaves out MOST of the important life skills your preschooler needs to learn. The science section was not too bad, but again, I did not need this book to teach me that growing a bean plant and pressing leaves with my child are worthwhile activities.
The worst aspect of this author's approach is that the activities are for the most part done in a vacuum. Ironically, when discussing silver polishing, she makes the very point that polishing silver at home has a relevance it does not have in a school setting. These wise words are followed by an entire section in which she recommends setting up dozens of activities in the very same sort of vacuum. An example would be pouring rice from one creamer to another. The activity is set up on a tray and kept on a shelf for the child to choose as a learning activity. Now, if one is wise, she will have the child in the kitchen "helping" pour the contents of one thing into another so that the activity does not seem boring and pointless to the child.
The rice pouring activity is EXACTLY like the rest of the activities in this section. Just substitute water for the rice, or change the activity to button or bead sorting, and you have the crux of this book. The book should have been titled, "50 Ways To Increase Your Child's Fine Motor Skills in Preparation For Beginning Writing." This is in NO way a comprehensive look at the various skills and knowledge a preschooler needs.
The book does address several core areas of development important for toddlers and preschoolers, such as developing a sense of order and independence. Her Montessori experience is clear throughout the book, and philosophically, she is on target. However, as stated above, taking the precious gift of being able to teach your child at home, and wasting it by setting up school-like activities, is just nonsensical.
One more word of caution, although this is not necessarily the chief reason for avoiding the book: it offers up a hefty dose of religion on almost every page. The author is a born-again Christian who makes some lofty claims about God's calling her to teach her kids at home. Noting that a mother is the best teacher a child could possibly have (a valid point), she then goes on to lay out a bare bones, watered-down curriculum that reads like a popped Montessori balloon, all the while insisting that God guided her through yard sales and Dollar Stores to find the right materials to work with. No, I'm not kidding.