Instead of a book review this week, I thought I'd list my favorite Early Childhood Education Books for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and anyone who wants to help children ages birth to about four years.
I'll list them in order of age appropriateness.
YOUR SELF-CONFIDENT BABY
MONTESORRI FROM THE START by Paula Polk Lillard
ACTIVE LEARNING FOR INFANTS (this series has manuals for toddlers, two year olds, three year olds, and four year olds)
BEFORE FIVE IN A ROW (This is a literature-based homeschool curriculum. Almost all the books are secular, but the authors are Christian.)
MONTESSORI PLAY & LEARN
THEME-A-SAURUS (there are several of these manuels)
ACTIVE LEARNING FOR THREE YEAR OLDS (remember this is a series of manuels for each age group)
FIVE IN A ROW (This is a literature-based homeschooling curriculum for preschoolers and Kindergarteners. Almost all the books are secular, but the authors are Christian)
The authors of FIVE IN A ROW have a website with supportive message boards. Bear in mind, they are Christian. http://www.fiveinarow.com/
One of the most important goals of Early Childhood is the child learning to read. Here are my favorite manuels for that.
HOW TO MULTIPLY YOUR BABY'S INTELLIGENCE (I followed this loosely.)
TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ IN 100 EASY LESSONS
Additionally, there are several good books on baby sign language. I only teach that if a child's thinking skills are advancing faster than her verbal language skills.
Here are some videos for language development:
We use these to help our children become familiar with German which is formally taught in later childhood. Both programs have videos for many different languages.
That's all I can think of for now. Happy Thanksgiving!