A simple guide to fostering language development pre-birth to four years old. How does music help? What kind of music? What kind of toys are best? What colors? What kind of books work well for very young children? How much TV should children under two years old watch? And what can you do now to delay symptoms of Alzheimer's when your child is an older adult?
Originally written for parents studying English as a Second Language, this free e-book will also help new parents who are native speakers of English. Get your little one off to a good start with low-cost or free activities that foster self-confidence and language development. Music, books, toys, TV and play--this simple guide outlines choices recommended by experts in the field.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of the book is that, through its simple and direct language, it expresses the author's pure joy on the subject of bringing up a baby and being part of its development. . . . The author draws on twenty-five years teaching English as a second language and, just as importantly, on her experiences with the many children she has seen grow up within her own circle of family and friends. She transmits her knowledge delightfully, so why not give this pragmatic guide a go? (The Edimath)
I have written numerous magazine and newspaper articles on such diverse topics as screen time for babies, raising wild turkeys, chronic pain management, road construction, wildlife art, therapeutic horseback riding, and map-making.
I edited Northwest Business Magazine. I also edited To Teach, To Learn, To Live: The Complete Diabetes Education Guide for Health Care Professionals by Diane O'Grady, RN, RSN, CDE, Second Edition (2006). This book won first place in the reference category of the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards (2010).
And now a new door has opened into Storyland . . . the world I’m exploring with my grandchildren, Tommy and Tina. Take Scissortown, home of the neatest and tidiest people anywhere. Enter the Slicers and Dicers, clumsy-looking creatures without a mean bone in their bodies, but OBC types who never met a pinking shear they didn't like. They wreak havoc in neat-and-tidy land until the grown-ups come up with a “solution”—and that creates another huge problem for everyone.
Enter Tommy and Tina, in a make-believe town but with their real and fascinating personalities . . . .
I write stories for children and review children's books on Goodreads. And I wrote How to Prepare Your Young Child for Success in School--offered here and free on Smashwords--to help parents of children 0 to 4 years old prepare them for a future rich in books and learning.