Slow and Steady Get Me Ready Paperback – 1 Dec 2002
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Is that a problem? No. Simply pick and choose to suit your child's interests and abilities.
Don't stress if the author seems to think that a not quite 2 year old should be able to button, snap, and zip and yours can't.
(1) The author taught kindergarten, not nursery school. She doesn't have tons of experience with thousands of infants and preschoolers. Who does, really?
(2) Every child IS different, learning things as they WANT to, not as they are forced to by some odd adult schedule. Many 5-year-olds still mix up colors. It's normal. It's also normal for a 2 year old to know them all.
(3) You can always skip activities that seem beyond your child, move ahead to ones that she is ready for, and come back to any of them at any time for any reason.
Are the activities and games basic, needing little money or prep? Yep. But as a tired, overwhelmed mom I can tell you that I couldn't think of most of them. It's nice to have a handy guide of simple, fun things to do with my child. Hurray for other moms who aren't as tired or are more creative than me. And hurray for me for having this book.
Is it too late to use this book if your child is no longer an infant? Nope! I bought this book when my daughter was 2 and kept forgetting to pull it out. She is nearly 4 now and I just went through the book again, flagging fun things to do with her. I've even flagged a couple of things out of the 1-year-old chapter.
I especially love the fun games to play that require nothing and can be played in the car or out shopping. Like what doesn't belong... can, box, cat. Or simple riddles... what has one eye and uses thread? Or "is this right" questions... Is the sky red? Yes, they require a bit more work to think up but they get a child listening and thinking. Both good things.
The only real problem with this book is in the "intro to the alphabet" section in year 4. For the letter X, the author uses a xylophone to teach the letter X and has the parent teach that the letter X makes the same sound as the letter Z. It doesn't. Any basic phonics book will stress to teach the proper sound for this letter - box, fox, exit, x-ray. These are words that the child will learn to read long before learning to read "xylophone" and other rule-breaker "x" words. So if you use the alphabet section of this book, I strongly suggest you change that lesson so it reflects a true phonics approach.
One "bad" lesson out of 260 fun, inexpensive ideas. Not bad!
I was even given the book by Gymboree on activities ... let me tell you, that book was dumb! My daughter never wanted to do those things and it took a lot out of you to set up the projects. This is a book I will put on my list of "perfect gift for a shower" along with the Einstein videos and a bouncy seat. Talk about a life saver.
It also doesn't take into account that babies develop at different speeds. According to this book, your baby should have a pretty wide range of vocabulary by age 1. A few babies do, but most don't. It would be nice if the book included some modified suggestions for babies who may not be up to the game suggested.
Still, my daughter is 11 months and we've had fun going through the book doing the activities that are appropriate. I think that this is a great resource, and I do recommend purchasing it. I just think that it could be better.
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