Our fall selection for the parent book club is Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success—Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More then Grades, Trophies, or “Fat Envelopes” by renowned psychologist Madeline Levine. Her practical advice offers a primer on child development spanning elementary to high school. Specific to the elementary school years, Dr. Levine suggests ways for parents to:
- Help their children learn how to make friends and be a friend,
- Partner with teachers to raise competent and excited learners by encouraging children to question,
- Provide opportunities for play, especially in nature
- Build empathy by having children: talk through how their behavior affects others; appropriately discuss moral issues; and provide appropriate community service opportunities.
As a Gillispie parent noted after reading this book, “It should be required reading for all parents!”
Please join us on October 9 (Early Childhood through Grade 1) or October 10 (Grades 2-6) at 8:40 a.m. in the conference room for the book chats.
Other opportunities to learn: Lacey Crawford, one of our Gillispie parents, will be at Warwick’s at 7812 Girard Avenue on Monday, September 9, speaking about her recently published book Early Decision, which, through fiction, looks at the very real issues surrounding the college admissions race.
As she was quoted in the Wall Street Journal, “At the very moment when teenagers are invited to offer what they’ve learned and who they’ve become, their voices are hijacked by well-meaning adults who think kids can’t possibly be allowed to risk answering these questions on their own.”
Please join her Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Warwick’s.
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