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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Book Review: For My UK Readers

Back about an eon ago I was asked to review a book about by Hilary Hawkes called Preschool Choice, A Parent's Guide. I apologize for it taking me so long to get to post my review, life keeps spinning.

Preschool Choices is a book to help parents from the UK decide on a path for them and their child. I think by me not knowing a thing about the programs or procedures in the UK, I may have been a good choice for this review.

This book is extremely thorough. Not only did it educate me to all the programs that are available in, but it also helped educate about the development of children.

Ms. Hawkes begins her book by helping to educate parents about early childhood development. She takes a parents through birth to four plus. She covers mental, cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development. Ms. Hawkes wrote her book in such a manner that it easy to read and easy to understand. She also includes many, many other sources that parents may use for further research.

Ms. Hawkes then continues on to tout the importance of play. If any of you know my from my posts, you will know that I wholeheartedly agree with the importance of play for little ones. She writes about the benefit of play in all aspects of little ones lives. She then continues by including a chapter on activities that are beneficial for little ones. She even includes places and websites that may be helpful for those in the UK.

Finally the many aspects of making preschool choices for parent's little ones. Ms. Hawkes lists the different types of programs available and then goes into various details about them. She even has some charts that will spell out specifics for the different countries of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

I honestly believe that if you are a parent from the UK with a little one this book will be beneficial. It has so much information for parents that they will find helpful with making choices for their children. The book is easy to read and understand, and it contains so many extra places to find helpful resources. A definite book for your bookshelf.

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