Sunday, September 25, 2011

Entertaining a One-Year Old VI - Great Books for Reference

In case you missed it:

Slow & Steady Get Me Ready by June Oberlander
I can't rave enough about this book. I love the simplicity of these activities - 9 out of 10 of the activities can be pulled together with supplies I already have on hand. I also really like that you always know the purpose of the activities and what skills/senses/etc. your child is developing.

I love my hard copy, but in case you'd like to check it out for free, you can download the pdf.

Creative Play for Your Baby: Steiner Waldorf Expertise and Toy Projects for 3 Months - 2 Years
 by Christopher Clouder
 A very basic introduction to the Steiner/Waldorf method of education/child development. This book also had some instructions for simple handmade toys. I would love to make the time to make Cannon some things from felt and wood. If you're interested in making some activities for your child by hand I'd start here. If you're looking for simple activities to spur creativity this is your book
There's also a Creative Play for Your Toddler that I'd like to read.

Playful Learning: An Alternate Approach to Preschool by Anne Engelhardt
This is one of the best resources for preschool ideas ever! Some of the activities were too old for Cannon - but it was a great resource for themed activities.

The Complete Resource Book for Infants by Pamela Byrne Schiller
This wasn't my absolute favorite book on infant activities, but if you just need a place to start this book has very simple activities, some common sense, but a few gems if you flip though.
There's also a Complete Resource Book for Toddlers and Twos; that I want to check out.

Baby Read Aloud Basics by Caroline Blakemore
Have I mentioned that we read and look at lots of books? I blogged about my love for this book back in April. I LOVE this book! This book is divided into age groups and for each age they talk about development that is occurring, book suggestions, and even suggestion conversations & questions to discuss with each book.

Sometimes I have trouble reading simple board books to Cannon simply because I don't know what to talk about - this book gave me tools and things to think about when reading and talking with Cannon. It gave GREAT examples of how to ask questions about illustrations and help your child follow the words and note the illustrations. I think this is a FABULOUS resource!

You can see all the books I want to read and probably already have on hold at the library about activities/play with your infant/child/toddler on Shelfari.

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