“How to Talk so Kids can Learn” by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
Posted on: April 17, 2012. Comments ( 7 )

Review by Dinesh Pradeep, a dad from Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Chetpet, Chennai.

The Book “How to Talk so Kids can Learn” by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish was so simple and pleasant to read with lots of practical experiences and dialogues between actual or real characters. It makes us feel that we are part of the conversation either as a Teacher or Parent, since its all about the kids/children.

What inspires a lot is the “Old School” method with a modern approach. We don’t just identify the “Problem” but we try to “Understand” it and explain/describe all about it (to Kids, Parents and Teachers). Kids (even we) don’t need “Solution Providers”, instead “Problem Solvers”. Kids don’t always want us to tell what to do and what not to do, which will restrict their thinking and problem solving capability, or even expressing their views/ideas, etc., We (both Teachers and Parents) need to analyze the situation from kids point of view and setup a discussion based brain-storm sessions as described in this book.

This book talks about western kids and their method of approaching/talking with the kids, which might take some time to take effect here. But we are already following the practical way of teaching, western curriculum and methods. So, this book will be very helpful for both the Teachers and Parents to get some inputs on going about with their kids.

The other interesting part of approach in this book is the cartoons which explain clearly about how they went along with the Analyze, Problem Identification, Possible Suggestions, and finally Solution for the Problem. “A Picture speaks 1000 words” as they would say. So true!

I would recommend this book to all Teachers and Parents (who wants a change in their kids), and a definite to be in the home/school library shelves.

Review by Dinesh Pradeep, a dad from Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Chetpet, Chennai.

I am Dinesh Pradeep T, working as a Freelancer (Software/Web Development). My child studying in Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Chetpet, Chennai.

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Comments (7)


    Anup says:

    this book is a must read for every parent…available at your nearest Crossword store,

    Radhika says:

    excellent, I shall read it. Today the main unrest in parents is in handling their children at different stages.Thank you.

      Dinesh Pradeep says:

      Very true! That itself makes one to go to depression stage! What this word “depression” has become? So popular these days, but the hardest fact is, its catching us so easily and effortlessly.

    Sridhar says:

    Thanks for sharing good information

    Arasi says:

    what is said is absolutely correct, i have read the same book. found it applicable too both at my college and at home.

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