Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Smarter Preschooler: Unlocking Your Child's Intellectual Potential

What parent doesn't want to give their child every intellectual advantage? The challenge comes in trying to find just what it takes to build our little one's intelligence. The Smarter Preschooler: Unlocking Your Child's Intellectual Potential is a book that aspires to provide solid advice for raising a smarter preschool. 

The authors, Renee and Mike Mosiman, are very qualified in the fields of psychology and research. They share their combined knowledge regarding the intellectual needs of a preschooler, providing tons of research and evidence for the value of reading to, talking to, and playing with your preschooler. They suggest books, vocabulary, and toys that they believe will make the most impact. The book also tackles the issue of how much television is too much. In this book, you'll read about music and its influence on learning. You will also gain understanding of the nutritional and physical needs of your child. The authors conclude the book by laying out options for preschool learning. The book references many different teaching methods, both traditional and homeschool, without picking favorites. The authors try very hard to appeal to all parents. 

The first few chapters of The Smarter Preschooler have the feel of a child psychology textbook. I felt a little overwhelmed at the pace and amount of information being given. The rest of the book is much more approachable in its information, so keep reading. A light bulb went on when they addressed birth order and its affects on IQ. I was challenged to do better at one-on-one time with all of my children to give them the best start at life. The suggestions are very basic for most parents. You may be implementing many of the ideas already, but the explanations for why we should do them are profound. 

I thought The Smarter Preschooler was a very informative and encouraging look at the task of parenting preschoolers. I really enjoyed it, and I believe that parents of preschoolers will benefit from this educational parenting book. 

You can read more about this book at or purchase a copy of The Smarter Preschooler: Unlocking Your Child's Intellectual Potential for $11.66.

* I was given this product free to review on behalf of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, July 2009 

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