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In Practical Wisdom for Parents: Demystifying the Preschool Years, authors Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum, directors of one of the country's most admired preschools, the 92nd Street Y Nursery School in New York City, draw on their fifty years of combined experience - as educators, admissions directors, parents, and respected leaders in early education - to give parents of children between the ages of three and five the guidance they need to feel confident and empowered. Authoritative, comprehensive, and tremendously reassuring, this is a no-nonsense guide to navigating nursery school life both at home and in the classroom, and a celebration of a very special time in the life of a child. Paperback.
This reassuring guide to navigating nursery school life-both at home and in the classroom-is the most comprehensive book on the subject. Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum draw on their decades of experience at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School to respond to parents' hunger for practical information on a wide range of topics, including:
• What to look for in a preschool
• Strategies for separation, discipline, toilet training, and bedtime
• The best toys, books, and activities at every stage
• How to stimulate your children without overscheduling them
• Ways to talk about difficult topics like divorce, illness, or death
• How to support your child's social and intellectual development
Schulman and Birnbaum have devoted their lives to listening to and understanding young children, and the advice they offer is as warm and humorous as it is comforting and wise.
Nancy Schulman has been the director of the 92nd Street Y Nursery School since 1990. She is also on the board of the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York, the Syracuse University School of Education Advisory Board, and the NYU Child Study Center Educational Advisory Board.
Ellen Birnbaum has been at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School since 1981, first as a teacher, for ten years as camp director, and as the associate director since 1997.
“[Parents] will find comfort here. . . .These authors are keen observers of kids and know what makes toddlers tick.” —Bookpage “A warm and commonsensical guide to this period of rapid growth. The authors have years of experience . . . and it shows.” —Newsday “We've long benefited from the calming wit and considerable wisdom of Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum. . . . Do yourself, your family, and your child a favor: read this book.” —Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox