Some good books on
parenting and child development.
quick read for some instant ideas.
"Help me to do it myself" by Maja Pitamic; this is the book I most wish I had had when our eldest was a year old. It is concise, comprehensive, very easy to use, beautifully and helpfully illustrated with photographs and sets out a whole range of activities which you can do with your child aged 1 to 4
or so with materials you will most likely have readily available at home.
"Dr Toys Smart Play, Smart toys" by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph D. 2004.
"All year round", Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton & Marije Rowling, Hawthorne Press 1995. "A festival store cupboard; a treasure trove of tommorrow's much loved childhood memories, all mingled together with a mix of coloured thread, delicious cooking smells, softly sparkling candle light and the snatch of a favourite song". A beautiful compilation of ideas by a group of Steiner educators.
"Montessori Insights for parents of young children" by Aline D. Wolf;
published by the Parent Child Press in 2005, ISBN 0-939195-33X
"Montessori Play and Learn" by Lesley Britton, published by Vermillion ;
more comprehensive and with more background and theory than the Pitamic, but
still very readable.
"Montessori Read and Write" by Lynn Lawrence, published by the Ebury Press
Montessori International Magazine (published quarterly);
www.montessorimagazine.com 020 7493 8300
Further more substantial Reading;
The Science of Parenting" by Margot Sunderland, Director of Education and
Training for the Centre for Child Mental Health in London. She is a child
psychotherapist with 20 years experience. Her book based on more than 800
studies from around the world into early brain development .This book, it
seems to me, lives up to the statement on the cover that "If you are tired
of parenting gurus telling you what to do without telling you why," read
this book. Dorling Kindersley in 2006,