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Books for Teaching Children at Home

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This list of books will empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge that they can be their child's teacher and the home can be a powerful classroom, simply by taking the time to play and engage children in everyday learning experiences. Full of learning activities that are fun for both parents and children and ideas for participating in community service as a family, this list of resources is sure to inspire parents and caregivers to confidently teach their children at home.



The Homegrown Preschooler

Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live

As straightforward as a parenting how-to book and as easily applicable as a set curriculum, this book will inspire parents to use their homes as classrooms and take advantage of the naturally rich learning opportunities existing in everyday life, from using laundry to teach sorting to exploring growth cycles in the garden.

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Banish Boredom

Activities to Do with Kids That You'll Actually Enjoy

Taking a lighthearted approach to the serious business of parenting, Banish Boredom helps parents find activities that they enjoy, while their children learn and have fun. Green suggests ways for parents to maintain their own identities and pursue their own interests while raising children who are creative, confident, and independent thinkers. 

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Simple Acts

The Busy Family's Guide to Giving Back

Simple Acts brings busy parents practical, easy-to-do ideas to involve the whole family in volunteering and helping others in the community. In this book you'll discover the proven value of service in raising compassionate children and ideas for integrating volunteering and service into your already-busy schedule. 

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Everyday Play

Fun Games to Develop the Fine Motor Skills Your Child Needs for School

Organized by age for easy reference, the dozens of creative activities in Everyday Play are inexpensive, require few or no materials, and are easy to do with your child. Best of all, they give you and your child great ways to have fun while laying the foundation for important fine motor skills that your child needs for school.

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Good Clean Fun

This book is bursting with over 70 of the best, most creative games ever for kids aged 4 to 10 and their parents—most of which don't require any materials at all. It's memory games, imagination games, conversation games, games about letters, games about numbers, and more. 

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Fun Baby Learning Games

Activities to Support Development in Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year Olds

This book brings a new approach to having fun and learning with the youngest children by incorporating theory and research-backed activities in a fun and engaging way, helping your infant or toddler nurture his/her skills and reach emerging milestones, and fostering development in one or more of the five areas of development – cognitive, motor, social/emotional, language, and self-esteem 


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How Many Ways Can You Make Five?

A Parent's Guide to Exploring Math with Children's Books

This book uses favorite children’s books to bring math concepts to life. With the help of the stories and activities in How Many Ways Can You Make Five? you and your child will have a blast reading about, talking about, and exploring the world of math through patterns, puzzels, maps, and more. 

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Where Does My Shadow Sleep?

A Parent's Guide to Exploring Science with Children's Books

With the help of the stories and activities in Where Does My Shadow Sleep? take the time to watch, wonder, ask questions, talk about, and explore the world of science with your child. Use favorite children’s books to investigate animals and insects, learn how plants grow and change, and discover how shadows grow and shrink.

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Time to Create

Hands-On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children

Forget stuffy, structured craft activities; your child needs time to create! Rather than merely teaching your child to name colors and to hold a pencil, the hands-on process art experiences in Time to Create encourage discovery through a variety of art media, including drawing, painting, print making, collage, and sculpture.

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Buckleitner’s Guide to Using Tablets with Young Children

Children’s technology guru Warren Buckleitner offers educators and families his expert advice in this valuable guide to making smart choices about technology and young children. This book simplifies the shopping process, describes which apps are age appropriate, clarifies how to find educational apps on particular subjects, such as cars, geography, and music, and illustrates how the technology can be used in classroom settings.

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Simple STEAM

50+ Science Technology Engineering Art Math Activities for ages 3 to 6

Parents are eager to help their children learn, but teaching young children complicated scientific and mathematical concepts can be intimidating. Simple STEAM helps parents realize they don’t need to be engineers or scientists to support STEAM learning by allowing them to discover STEAM learning opportunities in everyday activities and experiences. 

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Is Your Child Ready for School?

Finding the Best Grade Placement

Educators and parents are often puzzled by students who are obviously very bright yet do not work up to their full potential. The difference between loving school or hating school can be as simple as making sure each child is in the right grade. Determining when a child should start school is one of the most important decisions parents will ever make about their child, and this book will help guide you through that process.

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