A Parent’s Playbook for Learning
written by Jen Lilienstein
published by Kidzmet
Why did I pick this book: I was asked by the author to review this book. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: It was wonderful. Lilienstein puts a new twist on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: instead of adults taking the famed personality quiz, she has parents take a simplified version to try and identify their child’s personality type. Lilienstein then breaks up her version of personality types and offers recommendations for how best to teach, encourage, and help children with the identified personality types. She even includes sections – the most valuable if you ask me – about which extracurricular activities most closely fit which personality types, and about how exactly to get in sync with your child’s educators (without annoying or offending them).
Lilienstein makes sure to apply the “don’t do this with special needs kids unless your professional consultant approves” caveat, but the theme of the book seems to be that every kid has special needs and it’s our job as parents and educators to figure them out and thereby help our children succeed. She uses simple, easy to understand language, gives loads of concrete examples and visual aids, and supplies a ton of references for further reading.
Would I recommend it: Absolutely. The Parent’s Playbook for Learning should be added to the requirements for an Education degree. It’s a great read for parents who want to be actively involved in their child’s education.
Will I read it again: I’m keeping it on the shelf for when my son’s old enough to head off to school.
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