From Rattles  Writing

A Parent's Guide to Hand Skills

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©2011 Barbara Smith

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ISBN # 978-1-933940-18-2 
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From Rattles to Writing 
is written to help all parents and educators foster the skills that children need to read and write. This involves providing the right activities at each stage of a young child’s development. Readers will learn how to do this as they learn about typical development.

This groundbreaking guide describes the songs, games, toys, activities, and adaptations that help children develop the visual-perceptual skills needed to read and the eye-hand coordination to write.

Especially for parents, this comprehensive, fun guide will help you provide the right activities at each stage of your child’s development. You will learn about typical development so you can introduce activities at the right time and in the right sequence.

Barbara Smith is passionate about designing activities that promote learning and success. After working for nine years in the public schools she recognized that some children demonstrated fine-motor delays primarily due to lack of experience and set out to write this guide to help parents and early childhood professionals provide the sensory motor experience that leads to reading and writing.

"These pages are packed with great activities and practical information you can use to help the child you love or work with (or both) build developmental skills.'"

from foreword by Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L
co-author (with Nancy Peske) of Raising a Sensory Smart Child

Read full Foreword here....

A reviewer added the following:
"This wise and wonderful book helps parents understand how children develop according to nature’s plan and why rushing gets them nowhere fast. Barbara Smith’s fun sensory-perceptual activities build foundational skills to prepare children for writing and academic success-when the kids are good and ready. She is singing our tune!"

By Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA
Author of The Out-of-Sync Child

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