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5.0 out of 5 stars Many Positive Suggestions That Parents and Teachers Can Try
This is an exceptionally helpful book for all parents that wish to understand why and how we can take an active role in boosting our child's cognitive intellegence. It is easy to understand and includes solid research supporting a variety of practical suggestions that parents and teachers can use at home and at school. This book gives specific ways parents can...
Published on 19 Jan 2003

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too technical
I was disappointed with this book. It is not an easy read, like many child development books are. There is much more emphasis on the science and research behind the ideas (and the individual scientists) than on the implications for child development. The first 4 chapters seem simply to be saying that i) the brain can grow in size, given the right conditions and ii) there...
Published on 27 April 2003 by L. Wylie


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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too technical, 27 April 2003
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This review is from: Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence (Paperback)
I was disappointed with this book. It is not an easy read, like many child development books are. There is much more emphasis on the science and research behind the ideas (and the individual scientists) than on the implications for child development. The first 4 chapters seem simply to be saying that i) the brain can grow in size, given the right conditions and ii) there are times of rapid growth spurts, especially during childhood. Then the advice just seems common sense - give your kids lots of love and attention, a healthy diet, and a wide range of learning experiences as they grow up (and avoid too much TV/video games).
As an aside, I also found the detailed descriptions of the animal experiments used in the research quite sickening. I cannot see how science can justify sewing kittens' eyes shut to demonstrate that it becomes blind if the relevant parts of the brain are not stimulated at the right time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Positive Suggestions That Parents and Teachers Can Try, 19 Jan 2003
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This review is from: Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence (Paperback)
This is an exceptionally helpful book for all parents that wish to understand why and how we can take an active role in boosting our child's cognitive intellegence. It is easy to understand and includes solid research supporting a variety of practical suggestions that parents and teachers can use at home and at school. This book gives specific ways parents can positively affect a child's thinking ability and general intelligence. Although it is never too late to nurture a child's mind, getting started in the early years can help a child form an excellent working mind that will maintain "that edge" throughout his life. Along with this book, if you have young children (aged 2-5), I highly recommend "The Pocket Parent." This book will help parents discipline and communicate more positively which in turn nurtures the development of a child's character, self-esteem and understanding of right and wrong (conscience). So if you are wanting to raise a brighter, more compliant, sensative preschooler while maintaining the dignity of both parent and child, get both books. Neither book is written in a condescending, "holier than thou" tone. The authors offer loads of suggestions that may work for you and your child, while avoiding pressure on the children as well as anxiety and guilt on the parents.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Parents, Educators, and Politicians!!!, 3 April 1998
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As an elementary teacher and future parent, this book is perhaps the most influential work that I have ever read. While participating in a Brain-Research Workshop a few months ago, our facilitator mentioned this as the #1 book (in terms of child development) for parents, teachers, and anyone else who spends time with children. I must say that I am in complete agreement! Dr. Diamond and Janet Hopson not only touch on the scientific aspects of brain research, but provide readers with "real-life" examples and ideas proven to develop the minds of children from conception to adulthood. This is a terrific book that is a must read. I recommend it to the parents, teachers, and administrators in my district. Don't miss out on the potential enrichment of your children.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!! Brain research for every parent and educator., 17 Jun 1998
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This book is a must read for parents and eductors. It approaches what is being learned about the brain and breaks it into sensible categories of chronological development that all parents can understand. Diamond and Hopson give practical insights and applications that can be used in homes and in classrooms. What an exciting adventure to be part of the process which shapes and molds a child's brain!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attention ALL parents: You must read Magic Trees, 23 Jan 1999
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The school at which I work has immersed itself with brain research. This book was suggested to us by an administrator heavily involved with brain-friendly research activities. In her words: "If I could get every parent and every educator to read this book, my job would complete!" I have to say, I strongly agree. Anyone even thinking of having children or currently do have them will benefit immensely from this read. It is well written and easy to understand. Their are numerous ideas to try with your kids that are simple. I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed with Magic Trees.......mike limmer, beresford elementary
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5.0 out of 5 stars How's and Why's of Baby Enrichment Excellent References!, 23 Mar 1998
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As a new parent I had always wanted to learn how to raise healthy intelligent kids... Nonetheless this book is well above my expectations! Is not the typical "instruction book", but an enlightening one to understand the importance of enriching the baby's and kid's early life... This in order to take advantage of their natural learning windows of opportunities and develop a more robust neural brain structure that could give them the edge in the future... After many books I have read about infants and kids, this is a MUST!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More wisdom from a pioneering neuroanatomist, 21 Nov 1997
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Dr. Diamond pioneered the study of an enriched environment and it's impact on the neuroanatomy of the brain--both in early life and later life. The phrase "use it or lose it" is one of her favorites. This book is the result of decades of research from the only person to disect Einstein's brain! What the "Bell Curve" wouldn't tell you because it would ruin their hypothesis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Up-to-date brain research for regular people!, 11 Mar 1998
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This is an outstanding book. It presents up-to-date brain research in an easy-to-digest writing style with applications for all educators, both in the classroom and at home. This should be required reading for all people working with children's developing brains.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too out of date!, 29 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence (Paperback)
I really wanted to love this book, but the science seemed very out of date. I assumed it was an updated version. Having read 'Welcome to Your Child's Brain', I just felt disappointed. The advice is too obvious. The gendered list of toys and activities is also out of date. I'd reccommend 'Pink Brain, Blue Brain' instead.
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