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Children At Their Best

Author : Bettye Jo Wray-Fears
ISBN : 9780857010933
Genre : Education
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Understanding child development through the prism of the Five Elements adds an exciting new dimension to western thinking on the nurture of children. It can not only explain patterns of behaviour in a new and helpful way, but suggest approaches and methods to help children, and groups of children, become more balanced and therefore happier, more resilient, and more open to learning and new experience. The authors explain in detail the characteristics of each of the Five Elements of Chinese thought (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) with their distinctive modes of expression and potential associated difficulties, and describe the problems that can occur if a child's elements are not in balance. In doing so, they provide a completely new and accessible way of understanding the emotional and behavioural state, and developmental stage of a child, in and out of the classroom. They introduce a wide range of easy-to-do and entertaining exercises and group activities to balance the elements, both individually and in groups. This exciting and practical book will help anyone working with or caring for children to deepen their understanding of childhood behaviour in general, and of individual children in particular, and to take active steps to nurture their potential, including teachers, therapists, occupational therapists, Chinese medicine and other alternative medicine practitioners, and Qigong and martial arts teachers, as well as parents.
Category: Education

Being At Your Best When Your Kids Are At Their Worst

Author : Kim John Payne
ISBN : 9780834841970
Genre : Family & Relationships
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A practical, meditative approach that can be used in the moment to help you stay calm and balanced when your child's behavior is pushing you to your limit--by the popular author of Simplicity Parenting. When children are at their most difficult and challenging situations arise, how can we react in a way that reflects our family values and expectations? Often, when children “push our buttons,” we find ourselves reacting in ways that are far from our principles, often further inflaming a situation. When our children are at their worst, they need us to be at our best—or as close to it as we can be. Educator and family counselor Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, offers techniques that simply and directly shift these damaging patterns in communication and parental behavior. These grounded and practical strategies will help you: • Slow down the interaction • Be more in control of your reactions • Open up a much wider range of helpful responses • Sense what your child’s deeper needs are even though they are misbehaving • Respond in a way that gives your child a feeling of being heard and still puts a boundary in place Payne’s meditative approach can be done anywhere, anytime; it lifts you out of old, unwanted patterns of action-reaction and prepares you so that the voice you speak with is closer to the parent you want to be. His concrete and simple techniques can help you, and your children, be at your best, even in the most challenging of times.
Category: Family & Relationships

In Their Best Interest

Author : Laura Martha Purdy
ISBN : 0801499569
Genre : Political Science
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From where they live and which school they attend to whether they may work, children's decisions are controlled by parents and guardians. Advocates of equal rights for children have, however, offered both empirical evidence and ethical arguments against the popular assumption that children are incompetent to exercise the same freedoms as adults. Laura M. Purdy here challenges both aspects of the case for children's liberation, rejecting the conclusion that in democratic societies legal distinctions between children and adults should be eliminated.
Category: Political Science

Teachers At Their Best

Author : Rich Waters
ISBN : 9781475842661
Genre : Education
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The purpose of this book is to change the conversation about teacher induction, preparation, and development and how we create effective teachers.
Category: Education

Best Jewish Books For Children And Teens

Author : Silver
ISBN : 9780827611214
Genre : Social Science
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Linda Silver selected the titles that "represent the best in writing, illustration, reader appeal, and authentically Jewish content--in picture books, fiction and non-fiction, for readers ranging from early childhood through the high school years."--P. [4] of cover.
Category: Social Science

Representing Children In Chinese And U S Children S Literature

Author : Claudia Nelson
ISBN : 9781317065982
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Bringing together children’s literature scholars from China and the United States, this collection provides an introduction to the scope and goals of a field characterized by active but also distinctive scholarship in two countries with very different rhetorical traditions. The volume’s five sections highlight the differences between and overlapping concerns of Chinese and American scholars, as they examine children’s literature with respect to cultural metaphors and motifs, historical movements, authorship, didacticism, important themes, and the current status of and future directions for literature and criticism. Wide-ranging and admirably ambitious in its encouragement of communication between scholars from two major nations, Representing Children in Chinese and U.S. Children’s Literature serves as a model for examining how and why children’s literature, more than many literary forms, circulates internationally.
Category: Literary Criticism

Solution Focused Practice In Schools

Author : Yasmin Ajmal
ISBN : 9781317266037
Genre : Education
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Solution Focused Practice is a change-focused approach to enabling people of all ages to make progress in their lives by emphasising what is wanted in the future, amplifying successes and highlighting the capacities and skills available to support progress. Grounded in the reality of the day-to-day challenges of school life, Solution Focused Practice in Schools: 80 Ideas and Strategies offers dynamic, practical, down-to-earth and jargon-free applications of the Solution Focused (SF) approach that can create energy and movement in even the toughest of situations. From working with individuals to considering organisational developments, this book explores the SF approach using numerous examples and sample questions that can be adapted for any situation and whether the time available is long or short. The reader will gain ideas about how to: move beyond ‘don’t know’ responses in individual discussions with students to create dialogues where difference and change can occur invite classes into constructive conversations about building the classroom environment that brings out the best in students, whether there has been a concern or not address key issues such as confidence, motivation, resilience and dealing with set-backs build detail around potential and effective futures in coaching, consultations and meetings support the development of policies and procedures at an organisational level support solution-based conversations using play, role play, video and other creative techniques. This book is an excellent resource for managers, teachers, SENCOs, mentors, counsellors, coaches, psychologists, social workers and all those who work in a supportive capacity in schools to promote the learning and well-being of both students and staff.
Category: Education

The Christian Life At Its Best

Author : Anthony Dickerson
ISBN : 9781435711358
Genre : Religion
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The Christian Life At Its Best is a memoir of one couple's journey as God guides them to His Will through the most intense events of their lives. From unemployment, business failure, bankruptcy, depression, rejection, isolation fear, confusion, questioning God and the like. Through their struggles, readers gain valuable insight on: God's Will and purpose in our lives Our true security; Resting in God as we leave all worry in His hands; The peace that passes all understanding; Exchanging our lives for His; Serving in our gifts; No longer doing God's Will in our own strength; Putting our trust and confidence in Him; The reality of God's promise to guide our every step; Realize God's purpose for you as you better experience God's love and the freedom that is in Christ. Grow in greater fellowship with Him, and learn how our feelings keep us in defeat while the truth sets us free from that which enslaves us. No matter where you are in your Christian life, this classic is for you.
Category: Religion

An Introduction To Biblical Ethics

Author : Robertson McQuilkin
ISBN : 9780830864812
Genre : Religion
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What should we do or not do? This comprehensive text on biblical ethics is completely revised, focusing on how we fulfill the purposes of God for our lives. New content includes discussions of living virtuously, ethical alternatives, bioethical issues, technology, helping the poor, animal rights, sexual ethics, and the media.
Category: Religion

Little David And His Best Friend

Author : Crystal Bowman
ISBN : 9780310424659
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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A Lesson in God’s ConstancyLittle David’s best friend Jon is the king’s son. Together they have lots of adventures, like best friends do. But the king gets mad at David. What should Jon and David do?
Category: Juvenile Fiction

What I Didn T Learn In Seminary

Author : Michael Tucker
ISBN : 9781479709304
Genre : Religion
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What I Didn t Learn In Seminary is a book that leans upon more than 45 years of experience of its author. The book has serious and humorous examples of failures and successes in the real world of a pastor. It s Not A Sin To Look Stupid, is a chapter based upon a sermon originally spoken to help parents of teenagers. That phrase has been an often repeated one as parents grapple with their teenagers attire. Several chapters explain what parishioners expect from a pastor on his very first day on the job, fresh out of seminary. Other chapters deal with personal struggles that attack those in vocational ministry. The author reveals his own struggles, failures and triumphs. The Perfect Storm, chapter debunks the myth that any pastor can lead a growing church if he/she just follows certain formulas. The book is an honest confession about what really happens in the life of a pastor. It is a positive book that recognizes stress, difficult people and problems, but the theme is the joy and honor of being a pastor.
Category: Religion

Becoming Your Best

Author : Ronald W. Richardson
ISBN : 9781451417760
Genre : Religion
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* Practical, step-by-step help for building life-changing relationships * Selections from Jane Austen novels bring clarity, humor
Category: Religion

Edgar A Child S Best Friend

Author : Arend Wieman
ISBN : 9781552128114
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Edgar is an animal in the dream world whose sole purpose is to help and assist children during their dream travels into their dream lands. Edgar also passes on knowledge and wisdom important for their upbringing, growth and relationships with their parents and other children. Every dream experience passes on a positive virtue of a child's life of today, designed to assist a young newcomer to this world in a constructive way to lend strength to the child's still flexible character and vulnerable emotions.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Education In The Best Interests Of The Child

Author : R. Brian Howe
ISBN : 9781442666115
Genre : Education
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A large body of research in disciplines from sociology and policy studies to neuroscience and educational psychology has confirmed that socioeconomic status remains the most powerful influence on children’s educational outcomes. Socially disadvantaged children around the world disproportionately suffer from lower levels of educational achievement, which in turn leads to unfavourable long-term outcomes in employment and health. Education in the Best Interests of the Child addresses this persistent problem, which violates not only the principle of equal educational opportunity, but also the broader principle of the best interests of the child as called for in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Building on the children’s rights work accomplished in their previous book, Empowering Children, Brian Howe and Katherine Covell identify three types of reform that can significantly close the educational achievement gap. Their findings make an important argument for stronger and more comprehensive action to equalize educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.
Category: Education

Awakening Children S Minds

Author : Laura E. Berk
ISBN : 9780199883738
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Parents and teachers today face a swirl of conflicting theories about child rearing and educational practice. Indeed, current guides are contradictory, oversimplified, and at odds with current scientific knowledge. Now, in Awakening Children's Minds, Laura Berk cuts through the confusion of competing theories, offering a new way of thinking about the roles of parents and teachers and how they can make a difference in children's lives. This is the first book to bring to a general audience, in lucid prose richly laced with examples, truly state-of-the-art thinking about child rearing and early education. Berk's central message is that parents and teachers contribute profoundly to the development of competent, caring, well-adjusted children. In particular, she argues that adult-child communication in shared activities is the wellspring of psychological development. These dialogues enhance language skills, reasoning ability, problem-solving strategies, the capacity to bring action under the control of thought, and the child's cultural and moral values. Berk explains how children weave the voices of more expert cultural members into dialogues with themselves. When puzzling, difficult, or stressful circumstances arise, children call on this private speech to guide and control their thinking and behavior. In addition to providing clear roles for parents and teachers, Berk also offers concrete suggestions for creating and evaluating quality educational environments--at home, in child care, in preschool, and in primary school--and addresses the unique challenges of helping children with special needs. Parents, Berk writes, need a consistent way of thinking about their role in children's lives, one that can guide them in making effective child-rearing decisions. Awakening Children's Minds gives us the basic guidance we need to raise caring, thoughtful, intelligent children.
Category: Family & Relationships

The Divorced Child

Author : Joseph Nowinski
ISBN : 0230102220
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Divorce is a reality of today's family life, but clinical research has shown that it is possible to mitigate its negative effects on children. Dr. Joseph Nowinski, a family therapist with over 20 years of experience treating families, argues that there is a three-year window in which to acclimate children to the change in family life. Combining case studies with new research, Dr. Nowinski gives parents the information and the tools to work through the transition. Written in a warm and authoritative tone, Nowinski will teach parents to: · Focus on your child's new day-to-day reality · Identify early signs of trouble · Help your child through the separation process and help them develop coping skills that will remain with them through life
Category: Family & Relationships

Become A Better You

Author : Joel Osteen
ISBN : 9781847375209
Genre : Self-Help
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Joel Osteen's previous bestselling title, Your Best Life Now,offered readers guidance for living a good life. In this eagerly awaited new book he'll guide readers to look within themselves to find their authentic soul and conduct a spiritual examination so they can uncover the core of who they really are. Osteen's message is that God didn't create us to be average - He wants us to stretch ourselves, keep pressing forward for greatness, and to embark on mission of self-discovery. God has given us everything we need to live a victorious life, but it's up to us to draw it out and become the tremendous person He wants us to be. Osteen will be revealing 7 key principles that will enable us to achieve this goal, to expand our horizons and fill our lives with love, joy and peace.
Category: Self-Help

Children S Friendships In Culturally Diverse Classrooms

Author : James G. Deegan
ISBN : 0750702672
Genre : Psychology
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This book addresses children's friendships as a fundamental human interest and concern. Using illustrative data drawn from children's perspectives on their friendships, it examines what it is like to be and have friends and how children's developing conceptions of friendships become embedded in their peer cultures. The book also highlights children's friendships as motivational contexts for social learning in the present culture of school.
Category: Psychology

How To Have Healthy Happy Children

Author : Kristina Murrin
ISBN : 1406638935
Genre : Family & Relationships
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It seems the health and happiness of our nation's children has never been more publicly discussed and analyzed than it is today. Daily, we are reminded of how child obesity is on the increase, literacy amongst children is worsening, children are increasingly suffering from depression and how they're spending far too much time sitting idle in front of the TV or computer games. With every piece of bad news comes another expert telling you how you're failing your child and how you should be doing things differently. It's hard to know, from all this differing advice, what really works and whether these problems really do apply to you and your child. So how, in this modern age of convenience foods, TV, mobile phones, the internet, computer games, rising crime rates and bad school dinners, do you know exactly what is best and what you really need to be doing to foster a healthy and happy life for your child? How do you protect your child from all these negative influences? How do you know whether you're doing it right, doing it wrong or not doing it all? This new book aims to help you sort the facts from the fiction and guide you, step-by-step, along the best and most reliable routes to ensuring your children grow up healthily and happily. Healthy, Happy Children takes many of the most common parenting questions and, by digging out facts based on the best available science and research, gives you the answers. The book will encourage you to make a connection between your parenting style and its implications on your child's present and future. Then, through an easy-to-follow ten-step plan and some simple principles and advice, you'll discover how small, yet significant, changes can bring huge, immediate and long-term benefits. Discover all the facts about your child's diet, what they should be eating, how much sugar and salt they should be consuming, how to pack a good, healthy lunch and all about vitamins and minerals. Find out why communication, safety and good discipline are all important in your child's development, how you can encourage them into exercise and help them to find a sport or pastime they can really enjoy. Learn how you may, at times, have to put your own preferences to one side in the best interests of your child. Other themes covered include sleep; learning; respect and responsibility; love and praise and how you can get more involved in and share your child's interests. You'll find information and advice on a huge range of pertinent subjects including limiting TV and computer games; how your smoking may be affecting your child; how much homework your child should be getting; to smack or not to smack and how to manage your anger. The book covers the wide range of subjects and numerous factors important to your child's life expectancy and quality of life. There's no agenda, no strict rules and no rights or wrongs. How to Have Healthy Happy Children simply gives you the facts, advice and guidance you are looking for and allows you the freedom to decide if, and how, you apply them to your own situation.
Category: Family & Relationships

Daily Readings From Become A Better You

Author : Joel Osteen
ISBN : 9781471104763
Genre : Self-Help
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In addition to his much anticipated most recent book, Become a Better You, Joel Osteen offers this lovingly compiled collection of motivational and inspirational readings to prepare and assist us in becoming the person that God wants each of us to be. It is the perfect complement to Become a Better You. This book will provide enlightening, insightful and inspiring words for all readers. The readings correspond beautifully with the seven values that Joel emphasizes in Become a Better You.
Category: Self-Help