Smart Starts in the Arts: Fostering Intelligence, Creativity and Serenity in the Early Years is intended for the parents, caretakers and teachers of babies and toddlers. The book contains practical and accessible ways to promote intelligence and well-being in children and joyful interactions among caretakers.
Written in informal, easy-to-read style, the chapters cover ways to bring the best of early child care into everyday routines with information on baby’s brain development and language; chapters on birth, nursing, feeding, ways to turn tears into smiles, play that stimulates creativity and learning, how to turn conflicts into resolutions and more.
Included are TV and travel tips and the importance of bringing art into daily life: drawing, painting, poetry and song, all in the midst of daily chores and routines. An ideal gift for a new Mom or Dad.
Winner of a Mom’s Choice award for excellence in children’s products.
“Smart Starts in the Arts, will, I strongly believe, grow on those who read it. Those who have children or who are caretakers of children…will want to read this book at least once and then every so often return to it to renew the motivation for imaginative child care that is so entertainingly provided in this worthwhile book.”
-Alan S. Zisman, M.D. F.A.A.P
“I was convinced that every child in the school system should be exposed to Peck’s unique approach to the teaching of the arts.”
-Rose Shapiro, former President, NYC Board of Education
Dr. Judith Peck is Professor Emeritus of Art, Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is author of several books on art techniques and creativity in learning for teachers and parents. Her sculptures are included in 80 public and private collections internationally. Pictures and information about her work can be viewed at www.judithpeck.com and titles of other books at www.imagination-arts.com.