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  • Date Submitted: 04/29/2012 11:47 AM
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Jane M. Healy’s book, Your Child’s Growing Mind, first published in 1987, is a guide to teach parents how to better nurture their children’s brain development, so they can be as effective and successful as possible. It is a book that directs adults towards teaching their children through common sense, not just through modelling.   Healy hopes to teach a parent how to make a well-adjusted child, and how to foster any leanings a child might show.
This book is a how-to guide, full of guiding lists on everything from "Brain-Building Play" to "Helping the Poor Speller," to "Raising Motivated Learners." Healy has put together a manual for child rearing that might come in handy for many of reasons especially being written about the latest knowledge about the brain. A parent will find recommendations on how to deal with a difficult child, how to help with a child’s homework effectively, and provides warning signs of learning disorders. This book is a helpful guide for parents who need more understanding about their children from birth to adolescents, and explains everything from brain development to learning. Healy focuses on how to perform on a daily basis.  
Dr. Healy recalls a college psychology class in 1955, when a professor berated her for asking questions about children’s brains. "We can’t see them," the professor told her, "we can’t measure them, and for all we know they don’t have that much to do with learning, anyway!"   Healy wanted to bring the information from graduate courses into the real world where children grow and learn and did so in her book Your Child’s Growing Mind which has been a successful guide for caregivers.
Divided into three parts, Your Child’s Growing Mind first walks us through the connections between brain development and learning in chapters like "Developmental Timetables and Learning to Pay Attention" and "Opening the “Black Box”. She latter explains how it is her belief that anyone involved with children view the brain as a black box,...


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