Summer Reading List for Parents
By Michele Molnar
It's that time of year when students receive their summer reading lists. Do you have yours?
At K-12 Parents and the Public, we think summer is a great time for parents to learn about education. So we asked leaders of several organizations that work with parents for their recommendations on recent books focused on parenting, education and the future of schools.
Two books, Schools That Learn (Updated and Revised) A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education, and How Children Succeed, were mentioned twice. Below, you will see the full list of recommendations offered by our panel, and their rationale for their picks.
Schools That Learn (Updated and Revised) A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education"
The work of Peter Senge and his co-authors gives parents the view of public schools from 40,000 feet. It explains so much of what parents need to know about educating children effectively, and will turn an uninformed parent into an informed advocate.
"The Smart Mama's Guide to After-School Activities: Getting Your Money's Worth from Sports, Lessons, Camp and More
"Rosalyn Hoffman offers a great approach to a key part of every child's day. Parents need to know that it's okay to have bored kids and that it doesn't cost big money to engage them. Fun activities and practical ideas can be found in each chapter. This book can help with ideas on child engagement during the long summer break, too.
"The Autistic Brain"
Temple Grandin gives parents insights into the gifts and challenges she has faced with autism. Parents need to let go of the guilt that has been associated with autism and this work helps that process. She is breaking boundaries and sharing her vast knowledge to help us understand."
June 21, 2013