Am I allowed to assign homework to parents? If I could, I'd assign THIS book for all parents to read.
I read a lot of books on early childhood education. It's my passion! As you know, I have kids of my own and 50 kindergarten students who rely on me to have a firm understanding of how they learn. This is the SINGLE BEST BOOK I've read about early childhood education.
Mariah Bruehl is the author. I purchased my copy of the book from Amazon.com.
This book is brilliantly written for parents with young children. Mariah briefly discusses developmental stages in reading, writing, math, science, and social awareness. She explains what parents will see when they work with their children. The best part about the book (in my opinion) is the fact that it is all about learning through play and life experiences. It's not about sitting down with a workbook. It's about real life.
Mariah also writes a blog and offers online classes for parents and teachers. I have taken her Playful Learning class online and it was fabulous. My kids took her writing/photography class over the summer and enjoyed it as well.