CHAPTER 1: ORAL LANGUAGE-- provides techniques for expanding your child's vocabulary, improving phonics, teaching kids about sound manipulation, explaining figures of speech, and helping kids learn to tell an effective story

CHAPTER 2: READING -- offers tips for reading with your child, reading aloud, and understanding content...as well as a wealth of resources for age-appropriate books, audio tapes, and publications

CHAPTER 3: WRITING -- includes suggestions for helping kids with spelling, the inconsistencies of the English language, and the writing process...as well as lists of commonly used words, descriptors, and fun ways to build writing into your child's life

CHAPTER 4: MATH -- talks about ways to help your child recognize patterns in numbers, math vocabulary, how math can be learned through money, calendars, telling time, estimating, and measuring...as well as principles and standards for school mathematics

CHAPTER 5: SCIENCE -- provides ways to build science into your child's everyday life, including understanding animals, plants, the human body, weather, the five senses, how things work, and conservation

CHAPTER 6: SOCIAL STUDIES --offers tips for exploring diversity, tolerance, different cultures, geography, civics, and the meaning of national holidays

CHAPTER 7: CREATIVE EXPRESSION -- discusses the importance of the arts, experiencing the arts in person, responding to your child's art, and ways to make art at home

CHAPTER 8: SHAPING ATTITUDES -- talks about ways to help your children develop their own independent opinions by asking open-ended questions, sharing your thinking, developing a family mission statement, including kids in problem-solving, teaching gratitude, and controlling pop-culture influences

CHAPTER 9: RESPONSIBILITY -- covers important issues like setting limits, giving and keeping your word, taking responsibility for mistakes, assigning jobs around the house, getting your kids organized, and how you look at and label your children

CHAPTER 10: COOPERATION WITH OTHERS -- includes suggestions for teaching good manners, resolving conflicts, helping kids learn about caring, and building community service into your child's life

CHAPTER 11: PHYSICAL WELL-BEING -- provides ways to help your kids learn about diet, physical exercise, hygiene, and cleanliness

CHAPTER 12: PARENT INVOLVEMENT -- talks about ways that parents can become more involved in the learning process, the responsibilities schools have toward families (and vice versa), setting goals for the new school year, assessing your child's progress, accountability, and celebrating accomplishments